Throughout my life, I've realized that my biggest teacher and companion in life has been death. It's when I ponder my own mortality, that I am most able to gain perspective, wisdom, and inspiration to live more open, more fully, and more alive.
When I feel anxious or find myself in a constant spiral of worry, if I remind myself that today could be my last day, I am instantly reminded by death that, "Yes, Shelly, this could be your last day."
This is not to say that worry and fear do not add some benefit to my life, but death quickly reminds me, and wakes me up to the fact, that with each day, tomorrow is not guaranteed. Does what I am worrying or fearful about really matter in the big picture of my life? I have found that rarely it does, and most of the time it doesn't matter at all.
It's an interesting fact to think about throughout your day. If I knew every moment of my life that today may be my last, would I live differently? Would I pursue different things? Would I treat others with more love? Would I stop doing some things, and start doing others?
When death asks me these questions, I stop and listen. Death wakes me up to what really matters in my life, and says, "Listen, you are only here for a very short period of time—play, love, do your best, and experience all that you have ever wanted to experience. When we finally meet, you can find peace in that you have done everything you have ever wanted to do, and you were the person you wanted to be while you were still alive."
Music featured in this podcast episode:
Led Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Love