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Making the Best of Every Moment: Live Like You Were Dying

Updated on June 15, 2012
Used with Permission. Copyright Jerimiah Fulton.
Used with Permission. Copyright Jerimiah Fulton. | Source

Tim McGraw Had It Right

"...I was finally the husband that most the time I wasn’t. An' I became a friend a friend would like to have. And all of a sudden goin' fishin’, wasn’t such an imposition, And I went three times that year I lost my Dad. Well, I finally read the Good Book, And I took a good long hard look, at what I'd do if I could do it all again....." (Obtained from CowboyLyrics.com)

Tim McGraw released "Live Like You Were Dying" several years ago. When you heard this song did you think to yourself, "I really need to change how I live life" or "I wish I could do that" or "What a nice song"? Did you make any changes in the way you lived your life or just figure it was yet another hit for a talented singer? If you are like most people, you may have had good intentions but they have gone by the wayside. The following are some suggestions for living each day as though it were your last.

Take Four Minutes to Listen Again Before Proceeding...

Suggestions For Living Like You Were Dying

If you asked 10 people how they would spend their last days, you would probably get 10 different answers. If you spoke with 10 people who were actually dying about what they were doing, you may get 10 very similar responses depending upon their health levels. The truth is that when someone learns they only have limited time on this Earth, they suddenly start living their "I wish I had" list. I challenge you to start living that list today by not waiting until you wish you had but instead choosing something every day that helps you not have such a list when and if the day comes that you receive such a diagnosis. The truth is, we are all living on limited time and do not know when tomorrow will not come for us. Let's all live like we are dying and spend each day as though it were the best currency in the world!

Learn Something New - What have you always wanted to learn but never taken the time? Sign up for a class in that area today!

Make Friends with Someone You Have Always Wanted to Befriend - That woman from church with the great fashion sense, the man in your Soccer Club who has the same interests you have, the couple from the play group whose child is the same age. Why not reach out and ask them over for dinner or to go on a hike, or whatever your common interest is?

Have Friends Over For Dinner Even When Your House Is A Mess - So what if there are toys all over the living room or you didn't clean the bathroom today! They will not be talking at your funeral about the time they came over and there was toothpaste in your sink. At the worse case, they will make a joke about how no one actually knew you had a floor until you were gone...but at least they knew you! Start cultivating those relationships now and make for some good stories later.

Do Something Daring with Your Children - Does your teenager want you to ride the Superman? Do it! Does your son want you to play Laser Tag or climb the rock wall? Go Ahead. Give yourself permission to do something daring and have fun. Your children will love that you were adventurous with them.

Be Home For Dinner Every Night - Stop working late. Let your boss know you have obligations. Be there to talk with your kids about the day. Eat dinner with them and tuck them in at night. If this isn't possible and it is your desire, start looking for a new career that allows your priorities to be first in your life.

Find a Career that Uses Your Passions - Do you want to be remembered for being the one who moped around the office or the one who had such potential and never used it? If you are not happy at work, find a way to make it better at your current position or start looking for a career that will allow you to use your passions. Sometimes you can make your current position better by talking with your boss about other activities, ideas, and projects. Other times, you will have to leave to find what you want or move to a different position in the company.

What Are Some Ideas You Have?

How will you make today count? Leave feedback in the comments about your ideas for living like you were dying.

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      rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

      Great Hub. This is a great song. :)

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Today I will make today wonderful by counting my blessings :)

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for your comments. Counting your blessings is a great way to make today wonderful! A good read about this subject is the book "1000 Gifts: How To Live Fully Right Where You Are" by Anne Voskamp. Her companion site, http://onethousandgifts.com/, is excellent as well.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Awesome ideas - not so easy to find your dream job, but it certainly is a waste to live your whole life doing a job you hate!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Red Elf, definitely not easy to find dream job but I don't believe anyone should be stuck in a career that makes them unhappy. Either we have to find ways to improve our days or we should look for something else. I have a hub in the works on how to improve an unhappy work situation based upon some reading I have done. I hope to publish it soon! Thank you for the comments.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      It takes a near death expirience to come up with a bucket list. I did and you know what? It's a worderful feeling to live each day to the fullest like if it was the last. You never know...

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Ananceleste, I have had a bucket list since I was younger but have never really applied living each day to its fullest until recently. You are right...we never know what day will be our last.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Crying as I am reading. Very inspirational! Bookmarked, shared and voted up!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you Urmilla!

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      sjwigglywoo 5 years ago from UK

      I learnt to think this way twelve years ago. My brother started a new job two weeks later he was killed in an industrial accident at work. 32 years old a young family and bang. You have to live every moment as if it is your last. Great song and hub x

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I am sorry to hear about your brother. Life is definitely too precious to waste on silly things. I am sorry I learned the lesson so late and thankful I learned earlier than most. I try to live each day as though it were my last and influence those around me positively.

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I couldn't agree more. My Wonderful Husband was diagnosed with an illness that at first we thought would be cured, now we are told that will not happen. Although we have some very bad days, most of the time we are very happy, and that is because we try to concentrate on the things that we can control and make the most of every day.

      He has cut his hours at work, and sometimes works from home.

      We make an effort to see our friends. Our family are scattered over several countries; we have decided that we don't care about the phone bill - talking is vital.

      We spend time sitting down and talking to each other.

      Also - we drink a lot more champagne than we did in our "old" life.

      I've voted this Up and awesome - and am sharing it.

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      You inspire me. It is sometimes through tragedy we find our greatest strength. Thank you sharing your story. I hope many will be encouraged to see you hanging in there and making positive changes and keeping a mostly positive attitude. We all have days when life gets to us so I am happy to hear you are making the most of this situation. I will be praying for your family and for your husband's healing. (Sent from iPhone. sorry for any typos!)

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      jcrosskey1 4 years ago from Tampa

      Thank you so much for this Hub! It's truly inspiring. As I've gotten older, I've begun to realize that I have a number of regrets. So to combat that I've made a list of my own and just gone for it. Things like starting my own business, I've begun. Other things like extensive travel are on its way. I just can't live with putting "someday" at the beginning of everything I want to do and I'm old enough that I don't need anyone's permission.

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I like how you phrased that. I still have a list of "someday" that are things I wouldn't regret if I died without doing. The things that matter, though, get a date the moment I decide I want to do them. We aren't guaranteed tomorrow. So I try to do today what I really want to do. Congrats on starting your own business.

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      jcrosskey1 4 years ago from Tampa

      Thank you so much! Yes, it's best to put a date down as soon as you discover that you want to do something. It holds you accountable.

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      ExperienceNow 4 years ago

      When we are fully aware that death can visit us any time, we will live life to the fullest. Thanks a lot for spreading the message that death can teach us how to live life.

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So true. Thank you for stopping by!

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