The art of living well and dying well are one. – Epicurus
Living in awareness of our mortality guides us in living life to its fullest. It serves as a compass – pointing us in the right direction, according to each one of our maps.
We need not wait for that illness to strike before we examine our lives. Aging is certainly a wake-up call, which is why we so often go through mid-life crises, as we realize, “hey this is it; this is our life going by; we better look and see if we’re living it the way we truly want.” ‘Truly’ is the operative word here, for we must be true to ourselves in the way we live out our lives.
Living and dying are both parts of life. To me aging represents being more in tune with living, as we get closer to dying. Our mortality is our side kick, keeping us in line, enhancing our living.
I’d like to say I recently turned 50, but that was already 6 years ago. Eeekkk!! My mid-life crisis has taken on an almost obsessive-like quest for making a difference and living out my passions.
The notion of life passing me by is not one I live by. Rather, being an actively engaged participant in the business of living is one I aspire to. Aging is keeping me focused and giving me the kick in the pants I sometimes need to remind me of what is important to my living well; in hopes that my journey will eventually take me to a ‘well’ end.
Living well for me means:
- Find ways To Do. It’s all too easy to come up with ways Not To Do.
- Be silly and have Fun. It keeps you young and cheerful.
- Seek out opportunities to do Good. Don’t sit back and wait for people to ask you for help.
- Be proactive in reaching out to others. It feels good, too.
- There’s always time for work. Make time for Play.
- Live life the way you choose. It’s time to stop worrying what others think. What a freeing feeling!
- Pursue your passions. It keeps you feeling alive and excited.
- Step outside your comfort zone. Be adventurous. Chances are you’ll discover lots of new and exciting things out there. Allow yourself that.
- Develop the best You possible. Don’t look to compare to others.
- Celebrate the Good times. There’s certainly enough of the bad.
- Look to create the good even within the tough times.
- This is all we’ve got and all we know down here – make the most of it.
What does living well mean to you?
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