Some aimless late night browsing just led me to watch Steve Job’s Stanford University commencement speech. It wasn’t the first time I listened to it, but it’s been as good as the first time. I could hear new things and relate to it in a different way than I did back then because I’m at a different point in my life, looking from a different angle with different eyes.
Today, this quote spoke to me the most:
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me. And since then, for the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you’re going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There’s no reason not to follow your heart.”
Today, vitality is daring to live YOUR life today. Not tomorrow.