Live Life Backwards

Make today your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Wooden’s quote reminds me to stay focused on the present.  Don’t live in the past; don’t be overly concerned or worried about the future.  Live in the moment and live a life of excellence.  This is great advice, however it’s easier said than done.

If only we could live our lives backwards… (article found on-line)

  • You start out dead and get that out of the way
  • Then you wake up in an old age home feeling better every day
  • Then you get kicked out for being too young and healthy
  • Enjoy your retirement and collect your pension
  • Then when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day
  • You work 40 years until you’re too young to work
  • You get ready for High School:  drink alcohol, party, and date
  • Then you go to primary school, you become a kid, you play,
  • and you have no responsibilities
  • Then you become a baby, and then…
  • You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in luxury, in spa-like conditions – central heating, room service on tap, and then…
  • You finish as a twinkle in another person’s eye.
“Don’t die until you’re dead!

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have 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 am 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 of failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the rap of thinking you have something to lose.  You are already naked.  There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

– Steve Jobs