When I was 30, I realized I was going to die. Not tomorrow, but one day. When you put it like that, you might think it's weird. But stay with me, I'll explain.
If you think you'll live to be 90 (and still in good shape), that's 1080 months to live. Imagine my reaction at age 30, when I realized that I had already lived 360 months (or 33%) and had 720 months left. Already 1/3 of my life has already passed!
I even drew a painting for my room (which made a lot of people talk about it).
I thought I was a little crazy, but I realize that this vision is found in more places than I thought. In Vipassana for exemple, they explain to us that nothing is permanent, that we are all going to die one day, even that we were born "to die".
In my readings, it also comes up regularly, as in Seneca's Letters from a Stoic: “I shall not be afraid when the last hour comes – I’m already prepared, not planning as much as a day ahead. The man, though, whom you should admire and imitate is the one who finds it a joy to live and in spite of that is not reluctant to die.”
Or in Osho's incredible book Sex Matters: From Sex to Superconsciousness : “Man is afraid of both. That’s why they are taboos. No one talks about sex and no one talks about death. We remain silent about these two things. We have remained silent for centuries and centuries. They are taboo subjects, they should not even be mentioned. The moment they are mentioned, something starts trembling within us. […] Wherever you can feel death, feel it. Don’t escape. Death is beautiful; death is the greatest mystery, more mysterious than life. Through life you can gain the world, the futile world—meaningless, worthless. Through death you can gain the eternal. Death is the door.
Death is the only thing that connects us all, the only sure thing on this earth. It is also one of the things to remind us that our time is limited and that we must know how to make the most of it, now and not tomorrow, because no one knows what tomorrow would be made of!
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Don't put off what really matters to you. Don't wait for retirement or for that promotion that never comes or especially don't wait to find "the right person" to live your life.
So tell me, what do you want to do before your die ?
ONE QUOTE TO SHARE
“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” - Oprah Winfrey
ONE ARTICLE TO READ
They never stop. Their hands are a constant, colorful flutter; a pointillist motion painting. Although the furious movement looks like utter turmoil, it’s actually a process of high order. The handy mathletes at the center of Netflix’s new documentary, The Speed Cubers, have arranged their entire lives around quickly solving puzzles, and they do so at all waking hours.
“I wouldn’t call it a tic,” says director Sue Kim during a phone interview with Fast Company, “but it’s a thing that they can’t control. Like, their fingers have to be moving in some way. When they go out to dinner, they have to bring a cube. The cubing is endless.”
Even during the more quiet, offhand moments of the film, the Rubik’s-obsessed subjects always seem to be absently throttling a rainbow block as they go about their day. Perhaps their drive is contagious. The surprisingly emotional documentary about it is as captivating to watch as cubing itself is to do.
ONE PERSON TO FOLLOW
Those who know me a little, know that I love quotes and mantras! I discovered this instagram account at the beginning of the summer, I find it very nice. This magazine is making a real effort to put some colour into these images.
Perfect way to start the day.
ONE QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF
How will your life be different in a year?
ONE WORKOUT TO DO
Block 1 > 5 rounds
30 air squat + 20 push ups + 10 burpees + 200m de nage
Block 2 > 6 rounds
10m lunges + 10m high squat jump + 1'30 rest
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