My Obituary Motivates Me
One day, hopefully in the very distant future, you are going to die. It’s inevitable and sadly, it’s permanent. While you cannot prevent the inevitable from occurring, you do control the narrative of how you lived because that’s much more paramount than how you died.
Remember, you are always in complete control of your narrative. I encounter dozens of people who claim to be stuck in meaningless jobs or other relevant situations where they feel hopeless or bitter. Those months turn into years and the years turn into decades. Don’t waste the time you currently possess believing it’s mandatory to follow a path that completely disinterests you. There’s nothing wrong with turning off on an exit before you go down a long and winding road that may eventually lead you to nowhere.
Do you know what motivates me? My obituary. The average length of an obituary is about 200 words but it can be as long as 450 words or as few as 50 words. Yes, that means your entire life is confined to a few hundred words. Were you a good person? Did you give back? Did you impact lives? Remember, it’s others who write that obituary and it’s a true reflection of your character and the legacy you left behind.
So in the end, the decisions you make now don’t just impact your current state, but also your legacy long after you’re gone. Try to limit the amount of “what if’s?” on a daily basis.
Be a good person. Give back. Aim to positively impact the lives of others. If you’re lucky, you may even be a part of something that far outlives you.