“Live every day like it’s your last.”
How many times we’ve heard this? How many times has a sky-diving, thrill seeking, extreme-sport-adventurer told us to live each day to the fullest? As if it’s our last day on earth.
But this is difficult. Impossible, even. Sure, we’d all love to be thrill junkies with a beautiful tan, lovely arm muscles and a wide, I’m-100%-lived-up-and-high-on-life smile. We’d all love to spend our days adventuring, exploring, just in case one of those might be our last.
But most of us have to work. And our work usually involves a desk, maybe a standing desk, computers, phone calls, meetings, boardrooms, forward thinking about strategy and reach and company goals. Not always “living in the moment” not always doing things for the thrill. Usually doing things for other people. More often than not, doing things things that we might not even see the end result of.
But can’t we, too, live our life to the fullest?
Isn’t “living every day like it’s your last” more a mindset? Isn’t it what you make of moments? As opposed to purely the experience?
I asked around the office about “living each day as if it’s your last” for realists. I asked: What are the everyday moments that you would want to fill your last day on earth with?
The responses are heartwarming.
There’s a lot about food.
I’d eat cookie dough. Lots of it. – Stacey, 26.
Go out for breakfast and order the pancakes AND the avocado toast….and hash browns. – Nikki, 32.
I would eat everything my heart desires. So much McDonald’s. Plus a dinner of the skin from 7 bags of bbq chicken (the best bit) and macaroni cheese. – Ashley, 30.
Go out for breakfast and order both sweet and savoury, have burgers and loaded fries for lunch then my dad’s full English Christmas lunch for dinner (even if not Xmas). – Claudia, 29.
I’d eat the food from my childhood and spend the remainder of the day writing long individual letters to loved ones. – Kate, 26.
A lot about kids, family, loved-ones.
I would just hug my kids all day. We’d probably all just lie in bed together and talk about stuff. – Claire, 46.
I would watch a movie in the middle of the day with my family and eat sushi , honey soy chicken chips and Maltesers and we would all do each others hair. – Gemma, 39.