No doubt about it, my biggest fears in life are not taking risks, accumulating "what if's", and reflecting regretfully on my deathbed- knowing I had more to give. It is a morbid, yet sobering thought. To quote a sage Washington Mutual executive, "I wish at 20 I knew I would be 30 in a month. And I wish I knew at 30, I would be 40 in two weeks". Wow- he ain't lying.
Disregard the cliché philosophical maxims, but life is short and seems to only exponentially accelerate. Be the hero of your story- be the nicest f'ing human being possible- discover yourself- seek a life of service. These aphorisms, although necessary, can be daunting.
I get it- we need to live more effectively, but how? Well, not to burst any bubbles and beat a dead horse with the adages, but how do you eat an elephant?- one bite at a time (see what I did there?). A meaningful life is simply a collection of meaningful days. Meaningful days comprise of a dedicated purpose, thrilling passions, and valued principles. Yes, I have heard this before- get to the point! Point is, despite the overwhelming advice a). don't be too hard on yourself and b). answer these three questions daily.
Question 1: What did I do today to help someone?
One word- "service". That is a simple as it gets- life is about taking your eyes off yourself and helping others. A selfish bonus- there is no greater reward than positively affecting another's day. That feeling alone overflows the brain with happy endorphins.
Question 2: What did I do today that scared me?
Challenges, risks, and breaking comfort zone barriers are the only route to true growth. Constantly strive to better yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, intuitively, and spiritually.
Question 3: What did I do today that makes me proud?
This can be anything- practiced an instrument, told my family I loved them, repaired the sink, did a backflip, etc... We have to give ourselves small victories- no matter how insignificant they may seem. Any chance to move the dial in a positive direction is a win. I could write about this topic for decades, but I'm not even sure anyone is still here to read this- so... I'll check the three question boxes and call it a night.