People tend to wait for “defining” moments in their lives before they truly change. The act of saying “I do”, the birth of a child, or a major purchase such as a house will cause people to change their outlook and behaviors. Hopefully for the better.
How many people do you know that changed because of the death of someone close to them? Do you know anyone that grabbed life by the horns only after having a heart attack or serious accident?
The “big one” is of course finding out you have a terminal condition. Cancer, major organ failure, any number of diseases that come with terrifying initials all can change your outlook. The stuff nobody wants to talk about.Some people fold up, but many decide to do the things that they always wanted to before they ran out of time. The “bucket list” if you will.
I was given some sobering news on Thursday. I’m dying. There is no getting out of this one folks. I have a common terminal condition called human life, and it’s coming to an end way sooner than I want. The doctors are telling me I have around 35 years or so if I’m lucky. If not, it could be way sooner. Maybe tomorrow. They just can’t predict how this condition will turn out.
There is sadder news. You, my unlucky reader, have the same condition. You are going to die much sooner than you realize. Maybe 20, maybe 50 years. Maybe today.
I would like to ask you some questions. If I was your doctor and told you that you had one year left, what would you do? One pain-free year. You have a limited amount of income.The only treatment that will prolong your life is to eat decently, exercise regularly, and get good rest. Avoid stress as best as you can. Your condition will start to deteriorate after that. How would you celebrate your life? Would you just give up and watch reality television from the comfort of your bed? Or would you live?
I have a prescription that will make your final days much better.
Step one: Take every possession you have and carefully examine them. Take every item that is non-essential and sell what you can. Burn the rest. If it doesn’t burn, recycle it. DO NOT buy any replacements. You just added time to your life not worrying about stuff.
Step two: Love as hard as you can. Be the person your dog thinks you are. Treat everyone with dignity and respect. Help people whenever you can. Make love to your significant other with passion and fire as often as possible. This step is critical for the treatment of the condition you have.
Step three: If you treat someone using the guidelines in step two, but they cause you continued grief, dispose of them. See step one. You again just added time to your life.
Step four: Get outside and see the world. It just might amaze you what is in your own backyard. If you live someplace that brings you down, see step one then move. If you can’t wake up each day and be happy where you live, get out. There is always a way.
This is only part one of the prescription. I would like you to follow these steps and get back to me then Doctor Brian will continue the treatment .
Thanks to Tracy for the conversation that inspired this.
I’m going to go outside and smile at the world now.