There is a man named Tom who comes into my work every morning. When I ask how he’s doing, without skipping a beat, he says, “Today is the best day of my life.” As I handed Tom his coffee one morning, I asked him just what made today so special.
“Well, yesterday is over and nobody can be sure that we’re going to have a tomorrow, so today’s all we’ve got,” Tom said. “The only thing we can be certain of is today and if it happens to be your last day, why not make it the absolute best day of your life?”
We spend so much of our lives dreaming about ‘someday .‘ Someday when we’ll finally travel the world, finish up school or even just finish that book we read 15 pages of last October, but haven’t picked up since. We constantly make excuses, justifying the procrastination of living life.
I do not intend to point fingers or place blame on all members of the universe other than myself. I am not faultless in any sense of the word. I have started at least four books in the last few months that have since gone unread. Given three weeks to complete an assignment, I still wait until the morning of the due date to finish it. Why? Probably because I hate myself — but that’s irrelevant.
The point is that we spend so much more time thinking about things than actually doing them. If today really is the last day of your life, would you be content having spent it working at a job you don’t like or attending classes you hate just so you can hopefully get a decent job once you graduate? Hopefully?
As Generation X, Y or Z — as humans — we need to start actually doing things. Once you finally make a decision and commit to it, the hardest part is over. Then comes the fun part — living. Letting go of the negative thoughts telling you that you can’t accomplish your goals is one of the most liberating things you will ever experience.
Once you start actually doing things, I promise that every day really will be the best day of your life.
Story by Katie Dineen