Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last? Not Quite

You’re playing a game with Death. He tells you that you have a day left to live. What do you do?

Nickelback’s hit song (If Today Was Your Last Day – shown below) got me thinking about that old success quote the song is titled after. I think many of you would agree the principle carries a lot of truth. You shouldn’t spend time doing something that disinterests you or leads to a monotonous routine.

As I’m sure many of you have realized, there is a slight flaw in this idea. If we lived each day as if it were truly our last day, we probably would skirt some of our important responsibilities. This would not have an immediate impact but would directly affect us in the future. Wouldn’t you skip a test or a few extra hours at work if you knew you had one day left?

Instead, look at each individual day as a game of Russian roulette, except you do not know the odds. The possibility of death is ever present and yet completely intangible. Pause for a moment and reflect on the last two sentences. Isn’t that what life really is?  Plan with uncertainty and you will be pushed to make the best decisions for the short and the potential long run.

You’re playing a game with Death. What’s your next move?

Nikolai De Leo is a Transaction Advisory Services Professional living in Miami, FL. When not working, he enjoys reading (his three favorite books are As a Man Thinketh, Atlas Shrugged, and the Picture of Dorian Grey), running (he has completed two half marathons and a triathlon in his favorite Vibram five fingers), and watching college football (he attended the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees).
  1. katerina velikopoljski Reply

    Very interesting thoughts! Just the realization of having 24hrs to go will open the paths to soo many doubts of what is really important…. so you are so right in saying live each day to the fullest as if it were to be your last!

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