Mortality motivation. Death. Talk about a buzz kill. Can't you come up with something better, O'Leary? Not right now I can't. This is too important to me at the moment. From the day we are born, we start to die. That's just life. Not one of us knows the hour or date of our death. Whether we have a "short" life or "long" life, we don't know. A friend of mine tells her kids, "live your dash". She's talking about tombstones, sometimes there is a dash between the date of birth and date of death. She's asking them how are they going to live their lives? So let me ask you, how are you going to live your dash? ONLY YOU can decide this. It doesn't matter where you came from. It doesn't matter what mistakes you've made in the past. It doesn't matter what others have said about you, how others have treated you. IT DOESN'T MATTER! EVERY experience, every thought, every choice, every decision, everything that has happened to you-both good and bad-EVERYTHING from your past, has led you to this EXACT point and time in your life. You have been made due to the choice you've made or didn't make up to this point. So now what??? What are you going to do now to turn your somedays into TODAY?!
Being with someone as they take their last breath here on earth changes you. It makes you see things in a different light. Makes you come face to face with your own mortality. If you let the negative aspects of your past shape you, there is no way, I repeat NO WAY that we will have a good life. Sure, we can fake it, hide behind a mask-"Pay NO attention to the man BEHIND the curtain", pretend everything's all hunky-dory. Kind of reminds me of trying to "keep up with the Jones, while they're trying to keep up with you!
When we are receptive to the fact that we will one day die, it frees us to become the best person we can be. We don't have to rely on, accept, buy into another's perception of us. We come to realize that there is only one person who truly matters and it's ourselves! We are not here to please others. We are not here to become something we're not. I'm not here to make sure I don't rock the boat. I'm not here to make sure I'm "pleasing" to another. I'm not responsible for the thoughts of others. Facing our death and thoughts about death will help u to live our purpose. To focus on the "next right thing". This is the point where our "someday" really does become our "today".