Do you occasionally sit down and examine where you’re headed? Perhaps you’re a big supporter of ‘carpe diem’ and take everything one bit at a time, without too much contemplation.
‘Seize the day’ is a wonderful motto to live by, surely. Rather than obsessing over the past or worrying about the future, embracing the present is a great way to feeling content.
On the other hand, do we have the time to watch life pass us by? How can we stop having regrets at a later stage?
One word: urgency. Life on its own is urgent, passable, limited, pressed with an expiration date. It pushes us to do – right now. Because tomorrow may be late. Because tomorrow may in fact die.
Though rushing through life may not sound like the path to fulfillment and can lead to anxieties if not handled properly, when adopted healthily it’s the single thing that will lead you to creation, action, personal success, and ultimately no regrets.
In the last chapter of A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters, the author, Julian Barnes, presents us with the concept of immortality or afterlife. The protagonist gets everything he wants: the best food, girls, winning at golf, literally anything he could ask for. Yet, after a while, he gets bored and asks what others do once they get bored too. They tell him that everyone eventually decides to die, even those true souls whose life always revolved around God’s will.
Isn’t this a fantastic presentation of the value of a mortal life? Think about it. If you were to be immortal, would you rush to do all those things you’re doing right now?
People are born procrastinators and if it weren’t for deadlines, many things would never get done. The stakes are much, much higher when that deadline is life itself. Instead of relying on New Year’s resolutions, to-do lists and similar planning techniques; why not implement the urgency aspect in your mindset and start doing now, tomorrow and later: all the time.
It’s not about work. With an urgency mindset, you are far more likely to worry less about insignificant things, enjoy the small things that matter, and focus on leaving your legacy to the world, whatever that means for you. Grab life under your belt.
Do you live urgently? Any thoughts on this? Feel free to share in the comments.