Living Life to the Fullest . . . Now!

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

– James Dean

James Dean instructs us to live as if you’ll die today.  Wonderful sentiment, but how many of us really do live life to the fullest NOW?  A lot of us say, I’ll live life to the fullest when I (fill in the blank) – when I win lotto, when I get that new job, when I find my soul mate . . .

I’ve been reading a memoire by a friend of mine (check out her inspirational blog,  Lois McCullough)  This memoire, and her blog to some extent, chronicle the journey of a woman who nurses her dying husband, and then has to deal with the grief but continute to stay present and be there for her young sons.  It’s a brave and honest account of one woman’s experience dealing with the death of a loved one.

Lois’s memoire But You Cope So Well has been a great reminder to me to stay present and to live as if I might die today, and to cherish those I love because they might die today as well.  It’s not easy staying in that place, so many little things get in the way.  But in my opinion if we don’t do it now, it easily could be too late.

While contemplating all of this – death, living life to the fullest, appreciating my own life and the lives of those I love – I did some research and found this remarkable woman, Candy Chang.  She mirrors my sentiments when she says: “Thinking about death clarifies your life.”

Please take the time to watch this short TED Talk.  Her talk, Before I Die I Want To is moving and inspirational.



Please let me know how you fill in your own blank:  Before I Die, I Want To . . . .  And as always thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.


6 thoughts on “Living Life to the Fullest . . . Now!

  1. Hi Patti, Thanks for writing so warmly about me and also for sharing Candy Chang’s great video. It is certainly a challenge to stay focused on living our lives for today and it’s a shame we sometimes have to have bad things happen to us in order to be reminded of that. Before I die I want to make a difference to others around the world who are needing to move on after grieving for a loved one. You have just helped me move a little closer to that. Many thanks for your friendship, inspiration and knowledge. Lois.


    • Lois – thank you for your comments. I appreciate them. You said you want to make a difference to others who are needing to move on after grieving for a loved one – well with “But You Cope So Well” and your inspirational blog – you are already there! Time for another Before I Die statement, because that one is already a reality!
      Thank you again for all that you do.


    • Martin I could not agree more. I think it is so important that we not assume people know how much we love them. I want to make sure I tell the people I care about how much I care regularly. And apologize for any pain I’ve caused as it happens honestly.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.


  2. Before I die, I want to make a positive difference in as many people’s lives as possible! Thank you for writing this Patti. I really enjoy your blog, keep it up!


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