Sometimes it’s interesting to think about life in terms of our limited time. If you knew today was your last day, would you be happy with what you’re doing? It’s an interesting question, but not a very practical one. When you think in terms of an expiration date, it can be problematic for a couple of reasons.
In a recent TEDx talk, Leanne Delle, a writer and registered nurse, explains the problem with “last day” mentality. While focusing on an expiration date can be motivating for some people, it’s stressful for most of us. It has all the makings of an existential crisis. It makes us feel we’re not doing enough and we’re not sure what we can or should do in that limited amount of time. Instead of living each day like it’s your last, Delle suggests the opposite:
Live each day as though it’s your first. If we live each day full of wonder and appreciation while discovering a genuine sense of joy, I believe that motivation for our truest passion would be more likely to present itself… I would argue that we can deal with day-to-day routine and responsibilities while pursuing our passion. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
It’s an interesting shift in perspective that accomplishes the same thing without the logistics issue. You still think about what’s important to you, but this approach makes room for the process it takes to accomplish what matters to you, including your day-to-day routine. Check out the video above or at the link below. Delle offers a lot more insight on this topic that’s definitely worth the watch.