There is no time

August 7th, 2009

We all have a specific amount of time while alive to do all the things we want to do and be all the things we want to be. The time we’re given isn’t short, though it may end abruptly. However, no matter how long you may have to live, the uncertainty of it ending should be enough of an incentive to make the most of the time we’re given.

Therefore, do not waste time by not pursuing the things you want to do and be. If you have even the slightest inkling of something you could be doing, go out and do it. Even the act of working on the things to reach that goal are better than merely dwelling on what may happen. So, go ask that girl out*, build that website, see that city, ski down that mountain, write that book, record that album, accomplish those goals you promised you’d do before you die.

If you need a more eloquent way of explaining this point about living, read Seneca’s letter “On The Shortness of Life” (Here’s a nicely-highlighted version by Timothy Ferriss).

If there is something you’ve been putting off doing for whatever reason, try doing it right now. Regret comes from what wasn’t attempted, not what was tried.

(I’m writing this post not because I’m an expert on the topic or that I’m following the advice at all, but because I’m trying to understand its implications myself.)

*Trust me, it sounds better this way than trying to be gender-inclusive.



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