“On your death bed, the only person you’ll have to answer to is the person you look at in the mirror every morning. You better be true to him or her..” – Robin Sharma
I celebrated my birthday a couple days ago. The older I get, the more I cherish birthdays. They have so much more significance now than they did when I was a kid. As a kid, I loved getting presents, having ice cream cake, and feeling special all day. I got to be 2 years older than my sister again. Life was good.
Now, as I age each year (this birthday I am 48), I take a different approach to the day. I spend time reflecting on what happened since last year. What were my highlights? What were my not so stellar moments? Who did I meet? Where did I grow? Where do I need to grow over the next year? All these questions tie directly to Robin Sharma’s quote because the older I get, the more important it is for me to live a life of purpose, on purpose for a purpose. I certainly do not want to get to my death bed to discover I never truly lived the life I was meant to live.
Life is about making choices. On your death bed you will review and replay those choices in your mind. What will your replay reveal to you? Will you regret your life? Will you wish for a do over? Will you be pleased with your life? All of that depends on how you live your life starting today. Today is your opportunity to design and live the life you want to live. Quit wishing for a life and start living the one you have. In the end, this is the only life you get to live out. So, what are you waiting for?
The person you look at every single day is waiting for you to get busy living the life you are called to live. When will you finally honor the person in the mirror? Your deathbed confessions of failure may ease your soul, but they won’t change your feelings of regret.