Sunday, January 22, 2006

Life is not a dress rehearsal

One of the biggest challenges in our lives, in my opinion, is how remind ourselves, every day, that this is the only life we get (or for those who believe in the afterlife or reincarnation - that this is the only life we get to our knowledge!). Most of us act as if our lives will go on forever and concentrate on what's in front of us which is mostly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

The challenge as I see it is to remind ourselves daily that our lives will one day end and that we should make the most of them while we still can. It's that sense of true perspective which we miss on a daily basis.

I'm toying with the idea of designing a coloured wristband (similar to Lance Armstrong's Live Strong wristbands) which might act as a daily reminder of our own mortality.

Imagine the things you would do, imagine the fear you'd lose and imagine the love you'd show if you kept that thought ever present in your mind.

5 comments:

Sarah Malik said...

I agree - living life today! And I totally think you should make wristbands - one of my favorite sayings: carpe diem! Seize the day!

Matthew Cornell said...

The challenge as I see it is to remind ourselves daily that our lives will one day end and that we should make the most of them while we still can. It's that sense of true perspective which we miss on a daily basis.Exactly. I suspect different people resonate with different reminders... Any tips for living in the moment (and appreciating the preciousness of life) would be welcome.

Mike said...

I have friend who just came up with a bracelet idea for politics. He just received them. It got me thinking and your idea was one that I came up with.

I have too much going on to pursue it at the moment. Which leads me to a quote from the founder of ideo.com. Paraphrased, it says that there are tons of ideas but it is the implementation which few do.
You can get a run of bracelets for a few hundred dollars.

I hope you pursue your idea.

Twist

jackskellington said...

Interesting concept, I think I'll get a wristband and test it myself! Keep up the good work!

Andrew said...

Jack,

Thanks for your comments. Let us know how you get on.

I have decided to look at making up some wristbands!

Carpe diem.

Andrew