In December 2020, I was listening to a podcast episode of the Tim Ferriss Show with Jim Collins, when they got around to a fantastic question that author Rochelle Myers once asked Jim: If you had ten years left to live, what would you stop doing, or do much less of? It caught me off-guard amidst the already great conversation, like a magical music piece I was hearing for the first time among great radio play I was listening to, that just froze me to devote my attention to it. I don’t know if you’ve ever had such moments, but I can tell you many such stories in discovering classical music almost systematically by going through a library of it, and being frozen when certain phrases or openings came on. This was that equivalent in speech, via podcast.
What would you do tomorrow if you knew it was going to be the last day of your life? Be honest and include details to check its viability. Now that you’ve had your last day and were ready to die, you find out that you have one more day to live. What will you do in that second last day? Repeat to try a third last day. How long do you think you could sustain this lifestyle before you would be hit with disastrous or mortal outcomes? Maybe you’d run out of no money, or be dead from an unhealthy lifestyle, or be incarcerated if doing something criminal were on your mind, or something else disastrous or mortal. Even if you just took time to appreciate everything around you, with this last day of your life context all day, how long do you think you could sustain this last day of your life way of living before you would really hit the last day of your life, if no intervention took place?
I had written about 100 quotes and posted them over the years on this blog. I’m back at it again with another bunch over the next few weeks that I had written since I last posted some.
This is how I differentiate between living and existing.
Renaming something so common as where you live, unless you’ve just moved there for school, work or something, is going to take a little use getting used to the new name.