When I was 17, I read a quote that went somethinglike: "If you live each day as if it was your last,someday you'll most certainly be right."
It made an impression on me,
and since then, for the past 33 years, I have lookedin the mirror every morning
and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about todo today?"
And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to changesomething.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help memake the big choices in life.
Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment orfailure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinkingyou have something to lose.
You are already naked.
There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer.
I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas.
I didn't even know what a pancreas was.
The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable,
and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months.
My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code forprepare to die.
我的医生叫我回家, 然后整理好我的一切, 那就是医生准备死亡的程序。
It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tellthem in just a few months.
It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for yourfamily.
It means to say your goodbyes.