Most ambition belongs to the past

It's not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed, it is the things we do not.

Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Commencement Speech, 2008

 

“Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past.

The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.”

Paul Kalanithi

I had heard about Paul Kalanithi earlier this year, shortly after he passed away. his essay Before I go still touches a raw nerve when I read it.

Again the trip to Amsterdam changed everything.

Why should I have to wait until we find out we're on death doorstep to do? Those things we want to do? those things we dream of doing and those things we need to do?

We don't have the luxury to hesitate. We never know when will the reaper will be coming for us and by the time we know he's coming it's too late.

Make sure you life is worth living.

Make sure you life is worth living.

Live life and enjoy life. And if the reaper gets you while you're enjoying yourself at least it was a life well lived.

We don't beat the Grim Reaper by living longer, we beat the Reaper by living well and living fully, for the Reaper will come for all of us. The question is what do we do between the time we are born and the time he shows up. It's too late to do all the things that you're gonna kinda get around to.

Randy Pausch

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