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Live like…

How do you live your days?  What is on your mind?  What projects do you work on?  What do you say ‘yes’ to or ‘no’ to?  Who do you spend your time with?

You have heard the saying ‘live like you will die tomorrow‘.  I love it.  Live like you will die tomorrow means to die empty and give your best to the world.  It means to always take time for the people you love and tell them so.  It means to never  hold a grudge and to forgive easily.  It means to treat yourself, have fun, laugh, and enjoy the beauty around you.   It means to try new things, not be worried about failure or be overprotective of your pride.

Live like you will/could/would die tomorrow

But that isn’t all.  We need to balance that theme with ‘Live like you will live to 100 (or more)“.  Live like you will live to 100 means there is lots of life left.  Making habits now with time, money, and health will all react like compounding interest.  It means not to brush anything ‘under the rug’ and to deal with emotional baggage now so it won’t weigh you down later.  It means it is never too late to start a new career, a new hobby, learn a new skill, or make a new friend.  It means no project is too big, no goal to high.  It means, no matter what struggles you are going through now, there is hope for a better time.  Time to live, love, learn, and enjoy.

  • If you are reading this and are 30 (ish) like me, it means that your life is only just starting.  You can remember about 20 years before now but you have 70 more years ahead.
  • If you are reading this at 50 and you spent your life till 20 in school you might have 30 years behind you but you could have 50 ahead of you.
  • If you are reading this at 70 you might be a bit over halfway, but think how much more time you have left.  30 years to me is more than I can remember or wrap my mind around – it is a forever 🙂
  • If you are reading this at 90 I think you’re awesome!

 

Live like you will live to be 100+

I think a full, intentional, beautiful, and contributing life is a balance of these two things.  (tweet this)

However, too often we get pulled into living like we will die in a week, or a month or a year.  We act like if we can just finish this project, put up with this job, lose some weight, potty train the kids, push back emotional pain, get out of debt…. and so much more…

…if we can just hold on a bit longer, try a bit harder, suffer through a bit more – then we will be okay.

Because I am a woman let me try and explain it with ice cream:

  • Live like you will die tomorrow – eat the ice cream 🙂
  • Live like you will die next week – suffer through dieting because all the pain should be worth it
  • Live like you will die at 100 – understand that you can’t eat ice cream before bed every night.  Look deeper at stress or emotional triggers that you have created the ice cream habit to cover and deal with them.  Eat the ice cream when you really want it and grow beyond the emotional pain or stress that makes habit unhealthy.

I struggle with this.  (not the ice cream… I don’t usually say ‘no’ to it).  I struggle to just get through one project, or one busy week, or until the kids get a bit older.  This last year I have been learning much more to live in the present and to understand that life isn’t always the last 6 miles of a marathon.  I still need lots of practice to apply these concepts to my life.. but it is worth taking the time to learn (I still have almost 70 years to master it).  🙂

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14 Comments

  1. Nicole Nicole

    Hi,
    Thanks so much for your great positive and helpful thoughts and advice ! Following you from France, I’m about to celebrate my 55 bday .. realizing it’s really time to put this into practice !
    Sincerely
    Nicole

    • Joyeux anniversaire! 🙂

  2. Mallery Mallery

    I always struggle with living in the moment and trying not to prepare for everything. But you have made me feel so much better and now I am going to look at it different. I will continue to try to live for today but also will remember it’s O.K. that I like to plan for the future also. We can do a little of both. Thanks, you have lightened my outlook on life with your wise words!

    • Mallery, so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

    • I just had to say that I love that you are following from France! I grew up in Bordeaux. 🙂

  3. Laura Laura

    Thank you for this post! I didn’t know I “needed” it until after I read it.

    I’m 30 (ish) and think often how I’ve wasted my life. I’m too old for this or that. I ruined my body (overweight and can’t seem to get back to where I want). Etc. etc. etc…

    It doesn’t help that the people around me say the same things (sometime even about me!!!!!)

    This post made me feel a bit better about my time left and that I CAN change things. And I do want to live my life like I have lots of time left, not just get through the day/week.

    • 🙂 So glad you liked it!

  4. This is a struggle for me too. I’ve been really trying to enjoy ‘now’. Even things I’m not very fond of – just because it is now. I spend too much time waiting for things to happen, then forget to enjoy that time when it is here.

    • yep, me too. Takes practice 🙂

  5. I LOVE this post! I think it’s my favorite of the ones I’ve read on your blog. I’m in my forties and feel like life is just really beginning for me in many ways. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

    Blessings!
    Amy

    • Amy, Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Raye Cage Raye Cage

    Wise words Lorilee. One of my fav authors is Myles Munroe. He talks about maximizing your potential & by doing so you can die empty. He encourages us to live a life of purpose & passion so that we can make the statement the apostle Paul spoke, “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:6-7).” Four years ago when I turned fifty I decided then that the 2nd half of my life would be better than the first (which was good!). Starting a blog and online business is part of the plan to die empty. The path I’m on right now is scary, uncomfortable, exciting & never boring & I make alot of mistakes & fail often. I call it an adventure of a lifetime! Thanks Lorilee for writing this post.

  7. Elizabeth Kane Elizabeth Kane

    Love the way you wrote this post. I feel like there’s this balance we have to strike between the two sayings. Even though life could be taken from us at any moment, you can’t let that feeling limit the way you want your life to unfold in the decades ahead.

    • yep 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

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