And yet, if money weren't part of the equation, what would be the more?
Thinking about that reminded me of the lyrics to a Tim McGraw song about a man in his early 40s reacting to a bad diagnosis. According to the song, the man went skydiving, climbed the Rocky Mountains and rode a bull named Fu Man Chu for 2.7 seconds.
"I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter, and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."
And then the man in the song says, "Some day, I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying."
On the surface it might seem depressing to go through life with the mindset that you're dying, but at the same time, I can understand what Jobs meant about it being freeing. He called death the single best invention of life, calling it life's change agent. Having the end be near can force us to put aside the everyday distractions to focus on connections with those who matter to us, and to pursue the things that we love most.
I like the idea of facing 2012 as if it really were the last year. I like the idea of choosing what's important, and then finding the courage to go live it. No regrets. No waiting for the right time to tell someone how you feel, saving the good dishes or fancy dresses or expensive wine for some special occasion that might never come.
I want to find that middle ground between making a living, and living.
Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.
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