Do You Live Every Day As If it Were Your Last?

Canada
March 21, 2009 11:30pm CST
A very dear friend of mine died suddenly, last week. I mean this was really really sudden. A week ago at this very moment, he was as healthy as I am right now, and two days after that he was in the hospital of a brain aneurism. On Thursday he passed away. He was the president of the on-line radio club I'm a member of. The people in this club have gotten together for parties and dinners, and we've become family to eachother. We've stuck together through good times and bad times. Next week will be another get-together, but this time it will be for our leader's memorial. Such a sad occasion. It's just another reminder for all of us to live as if there was no tomorrow, because who knows? There may not be a tomorrow.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
22 Mar 09
This reality makes us to resolve firmly to live for today to build a better tomorrow for the ones who depend on you.
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• Canada
22 Mar 09
Amen to that!
@balasri (26553)
• India
23 Mar 09
@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
22 Mar 09
I`ve gotten somewhat better at seeking medical attention if absolutely necessary. I still maintain, though, that medicine is a practice. When they perfect it, I`ll go. None of us are guaranteed any specific stay here on spaceship earth, so the unexpected should become expected. When there are documentable problem signs, we need to take heed.
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• Canada
22 Mar 09
Well said, Vlad. Just as long as we don't do things to increase our risk of checking out any sooner. *be careful on the stairs...* ;=)
• Canada
29 Mar 09
"You can check out any time you want, But you can never leave."
@MissAmie (720)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I am guilty of not living every day as if it were my last, but I have certainly learned that life is all too fleeting. I've lost a child and one of the groomsmen in my wedding, both to terrible accidents which both happened on family vacations. I'm too scared to go anywhere that involves a hotel now. I've decided vacations are hazardous to your health. lol. I do make sure that before I clean the house, I spend time with my kids. I never hang up the phone with anyone without telling them I love them. I do things I want to do more often than the mundane tasks in life. I try to live my life so that when my time does come, I'll have no regrets. As I heard someone say once..."I've never seen a person on his deathbed saying they wish they had spent more time at work."
@GardenGerty (101788)
• United States
28 Mar 09
You have had some real blows. I like the idea of having no regrets. I have a job where I might wish I had spent more time at work, but only because it is a job that values people. I could also, if I was wealthy, do my job for free, it is very satisfying.
@Darkwing (21588)
26 Mar 09
That's right! It doesn't hurt to plan for tomorrow but never put off till tomorrow what you can do today, for the opportunity may never come again. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. These things can strike so quickly and it's at times like these that we stop and think about our own lives. Brightest Blessings, in the hope that the memorial goes well.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Mar 09
My life is changed drastically from July of 2008, and yes, I live every day there are no future, but I still make my plans.... I am planning my vacations, days with my friends and family.... Life is short... HUGS
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
23 Mar 09
While it is very hard to make things for the very same day that we live in , what is there to worry about for the day/days to come?
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I'm sorry to hear that your friend passed away. I guess that it really depends on what you mean by live it as your last, I do like to make sure I do things that I want to do and yet I save money and plan for tomorrow.
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• United States
22 Mar 09
I try to live by treating others the way I wish they would treat me. That way if something happends, God forbid, my conscious is clear. It takes practice , but it pays off in the end.
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@zhangfzoe (432)
• China
22 Mar 09
I'm sorry to hear this new. We can't know what happens next. So live everyday as if it were last is a good way to cherish the time and the important moments.
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
22 Mar 09
Hello,Danish! Yes ypu are right,everybody lives today as if it is his last day in this world.Who knows what will happen to us tomorrow? In this world everything is transitory and anything may happen to us because what we eat is adulterated and the air we breath is polluted.Our body's resisting capacity is not always well balanced and at any week moment some disease would take us away.Besides the road is not safe to drive any time we may meet some accident may loss our valuable life or become insane.So life is not safe now a days.thanx.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I do pretty much. I never know what tommorrow will bring so I try to enjoy every day and make the most of it.
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@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
22 Mar 09
My mum always teaches me I should live this way. She says we should always forgive others and we should not be angry with others, as you never know what will happen tomorrow. That's very true and I think she helps me to become more considerate. We should live happily everyday. You friend would rest in peace, at least you friends love him and won't forget his goodness.
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• Canada
22 Mar 09
I would like to think that i live every day as if it is the last one. I mean what could be any other options? You live every day as if it is the first? then you'd never get out of bed. So yes absolutely live everyday like you might not be here tomorrow because the scary crappy truth is you might not be.
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@snow8515 (170)
• China
22 Mar 09
It does be a sad occasion. Yes, there are many things you can not anticipate. However, isn't it too pressed if you consider every day as the last day? So I always insist "don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you". Good luck!
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• Australia
22 Mar 09
Some days I do & somedays I don't, I guess it depends on how I feel on any given day. Like yesterday, my husband & I took our 22 month old daughter to an amusement park & we didn't have a care in the world
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@mkchaves (533)
• Canada
22 Mar 09
Im sorry for the loss of a dear friend and leader. My sympathy for your group. WE really dont know when we'll die. I live my life each day to become a better person I am yesterday. But I dont think im living it to the fullest. :(
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I try to consider that - I really want to make some arrangements, because while I don't expect to die this coming week, I also don't expect to make it to 80 like my mom (my general health has never been as good as hers.) I do try to consider each day and fill it with as much joy as I can.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
22 Mar 09
So sorry to hear of your loss, and that of the rest of your on-line radio club groub, as well. There are the smallest things that can alert someone that something is wrong, as I learned from my own children. Thirteen years ago when I had a stroke, it was the observation of my own children, who weren't that old at the time, who realized that something wasn't quite right with mom......she didn't know who Tom Hanks was on the television. A small thing, but something they noticed that was wrong and different from the norm. I was taken to the hospital and there was an aneurism found in my head, but I was lucky enough that they could dissolve it, along with those in my arm and leg, with medication. After 15 days in the Cleveland Clinic, during which I went through any kind of imagainable test, they had no reason why the stroke happened, and I went home with medications that I will take for the rest of my life, as well as a Greenfield Filter, which will keep blood clots from my heart and lungs. It taught me quite a bit, and each day I am thankful for each day that I am still here on this earth.
• United States
19 Apr 09
I am sorry for your loss and that I am a month late coming to this post. I am so glad you have a built in support group and you beloved husband. Family and friends are great. Me, I have done everything I ever wanted and seen the Red sox and The Red Wings win more than once, I could die happy tomorrow.Take Care. If you ever need to talk, send me a private message.
@pxhnchsh (146)
• China
24 Mar 09
Well, I used to tell myself to live every day as my last in order to value everything I own, such as time, health, and friendship. But later, I find it is difficult for me to do so. And also, I think it is not recommended for common people to do so. Just act as usual! Just be yourself! Every dog has his day. Everyone's life is different from each other but can be excellent at the same time.