An experience which left your previous life in tatters and forced you to face up to life like never before?
There you are – one day simply meandering through life, care-free and thinking that life was going to go on forever.
Then what happens…
Suddenly you are jolted by a thunderbolt – and life is never the same again.
Something happens personally that hits you deeply in the groin of your soul – and you have no choice but to take stock of your life. And then perhaps you can choose to actually start living the life that you really want.
You see we all go through life as if it is going to last forever. In our head and in fairy tales, we get to live happily ever after.
Except that it’s never ever forever. And most of the time, it’s hardly even happy.
And the insane thing is that though logically we know that this life is not going to last forever, we live our lives as if it is going to last forever.
The reality though is that one day we die. And then a few loved ones and many strangers come along to pay their final respects.
They all look as serious and solemn as they can, address your coffin and tell you what a fine fellow you once were.
And soon after all the lofty eulogies which never saw any daylight whilst you were alive, they bury you and throw some mud over you. Or in my case, being of Hindu origin, they’ll burn me. Then scatter the ashes in some polluted river.
The worst and the most harrowing bit is this – like it or not, every day brings you and me closer to just such an ignominious end.
So what comes between now and that solemn but frivolous ending? And when are you going to wake up and get that your clock is ticking?
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick Tock.
“We all have two lives. The second one begins when you realise you only have one” – Tom Hiddleston
Are you ready to wake up and truly live your life? Or are you going to be just like the masses who are living with this illusion of immortality?
So what do you do? Become despondent and depressed that this is all there is and what a failure you have been?
Become fatalistic as it’s all going to go belly up one day anyway?
Or do you finally get clear about your life and focus on the legacy you are going to leave behind? And at the same time, you have a blast and have some rip-roaring, rollicking fun along the way!?
How about living a meaningful life?