What Will It Have Meant to Be You?
Ten years older? Did you live or waste everything you were given?
Ten years from now, you are sitting in a bar with an old friend, who asks, “You are ten years older than the last time I saw you. What did it mean to be you?”
This might be one of the most important questions in your life, because the only way to answer it is to define who you are, what you want, and how you will live, and realizing we might not have any answers for these questions can be humbling.
You were given ten years; did you change the world around you for the better, did you create wealth to protect yourself and your family, did you make a difference, or are you just ten years older and did nothing, changed nothing and made no difference to anyone wasting your life by being alive, but not really living?
We hide from the big questions in our lives because they are too difficult to face. We don’t want to talk about core values, we don’t want to discuss personal faith and belief, and we don’t want to be forced to sit and examine a life that might be going nowhere and making no difference to those around us.
What you found inside yourself during a careful examination of the soul used to be called core values. These values were a map that kept you on course during the tough times in life, but also defined who you were to others.
If you were a person of your word, then people counted on you when you said you would do something. If you were a person of personal honor, then those around you knew you were someone who could be trusted when others couldn’t.
Here are a few of defining questions we all have to consider eventually:
· Did you make a difference in the world around you?
· Did you change lives?
· Did you value, honor and care for your family?
· Did you create enough wealth to take care of them and yourself?
· Did you grow and challenge yourself during those 10 years?
· Did you live up to the talent you were given?
· Did you care enough to inspire others?
· Did you give more than you took from the world?
· Did you experience the world, have wonderous adventures, meet new people and fully live, or did you just collect meaningless stuff that lost its value and luster days after you bought it and it was paid for it with money you haven’t even made yet?
· Is the world a better place because you are in it?
· Are the people who surround you better because you were there to help them find the best within themselves?
Or, then years from now, will you just be ten years older, did nothing, changed nothing, inspired nothing, and just took up space on an already crowded planet?
Did you waste your talent, your potential, your greatest gifts simply by failure to do anything but exist on a day-to-day basis?
Never too late to change your path. You can spend ten years talking about what you are going to do and be, or you can spend the next ten years “being.” The barstools of the world are filled with people more than willing to tell you how they could have been someone if only…..
Look back ten years ago. For most of us, ten years was an hour ago and passed between beers. The next ten years will pass in a second, and then it is too late to make the changes you will regret not doing.
What did it mean to be you?
What was the experience of your life?
Did you live, or merely pass through touching no one, making no difference and leaving no remembrances of a life well lived?