Keep your mind on your mortality
There was a chapter about exactly this in The 50th Law and for some reason I was reminded by it today:
Death is near and the only moment to live is now.
I don’t know about you, but in school I always left the assignments until the last possible moment. I was always surprised how the closing of a deadline can be so motivating.
Well, death is the ultimate deadline.
You might think that “nuh-uh, there’s at least 50 years for me!”
Well, that’s the thing. I feel like my childhood, teens and some of my 20’s went by so fast.
And time is only going to go by a faster as years go by.
Even that’s not enough: we live in a world of risk and danger, even if we are not always aware of it. Anything can happen, you might get hit by a car, a meteorite – hell, you might even get a fucking cancer tomorrow.
And you can’t do anything about it.
The risk for such occurrences is quite minimal, but sometimes people win lotteries too. You just can’t choose not to play this lottery.
Here’s some interesting data on it. One life, so many ways to just drop dead. It’s like there’s several jackpots to win. You can increase your chances to win by doing stupid shit.
Now is the only chance to live and if you screw it up now, you won’t get to try again.
Sure there will be me many chances to do something, but each passing moment is unique and will never be repeated.
It’s easy to get motivated by this fact momentarily, but the problem is to remember the same thing tomorrow and even a week after.
After all we can only have one thought at a time in our heads.
I’m going to try to make it a habit to remind myself of this and see how it goes. It will probably lose its motivating power eventually even if I manage to do it continuously, but I’m stupid like that: I have to see it for myself.
I can only benefit from it.