How to Decide to Live With Passion

I believe we are all here on this Earth for a purpose. Actually, probably many purposes. But there is one overriding purpose for which we are uniquely qualified.

Many of us are in the continual mode of thinking, “Why I am here?”, “What should I be doing?”, “Why am I not yet successful?”

But these ways of thinking are unhelpful and inapposite.

Instead, we need to think about our death.

When you truly, unflinchingly think about your own death, you will start moving and manifesting like you never dreamed possible.

It is not theoretical. It is a fact, and it will happen – for most of us — sooner than you think.

A couple of weeks ago I viewed the just-released Annie Lebowitz collection in which she documented her life with Susan Sontag. Susan was wickedly and visibly intelligent and strong in early and mid-life pictures. She never smiled, but you could tell she was enjoying life in the way that only a mildly depressed yet extremely artistic person can.

Cut to thirty or so years later. Susan is on her death bed looking like what she is – a sick, very sick, old lady. But I think to myself, “But this is SUSAN SONTAG!!”

Precisely. No matter how fierce we are or how creative or bright we are, we will – if we are lucky – end up as the old person in the bed.

So, you will die. Probably soon. Hopefully not so soon.

In the meantime, get busy.

Leave something that reminds us that you lived.

And leave it courageously. Don’t tiptoe around who you are just to feel comfortable or to prevent someone from being angry with you.

It really, really won’t matter when you’re dead. And that is our life mission – to do all that we can to leave our impact or an imprint of our unique soul upon the world before we go.


January 27, 2007. life, Passion, personal, Personal Development, Work.

One Comment

  1. Antibush replied:

    Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn’t the country with
    the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn’t that likely to be the most hated country?
    Are we safer today than we were before?
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

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