“When we surrender to the fact of death, not the idea of it, we gain license to live more fully, to see life differently.” — Sarah Lewis, The Rise
You often hear tales about the regrets of the dying —
“I wish I worked less.”
“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
“I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.”
“I wish I had let myself be happier.”
— and then you think to yourself, “Wow, they are speaking my language. That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. I really need to change some things and reprioritize my life.”
You could sum up these words as a desire for more courage, boldness, room for friendships and happiness. We all want that. Who doesn’t want that?!
But then life happens, things get in the way, and you get distracted by the daily motion and push off the idea and desire to change to a later, ‘maybe someday’ unknown date.
At least this is what happens to me.
We opt out of what we really want, in order to focus — or more like default to — what our peers, circumstances, culture, setbacks and reality tells us.
One big takeaway I’ve come to with starting the Renaissance Life is that life is not living.
Life is not living.
Which is ironic that life is what distracts us from what really matters and gets in the way of actually living to the fullest.
There are plenty of distractions and pressures and systems and pain and fears and doubt and insecurities and all of these important yet silly things that derail us into living as if we were still asleep.
But in the face of death, all of that fades away. However, do you really want to wait until your inches away from death to actually live by the person you wish to be? Hell no. The quicker the better, God willing.
This is me opting in to a meaningful life.
This is your chance to join me and do the same.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner