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Live Each Day Like it is Your Last?

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I ran across a Stanford commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Inc. It was an excellent speech, but one thing that struck me is the quote “Live each day like it’s your last”. Now I know what the gist of the quote is supposed to mean, but is it realistic to live each day like it is your last? If I was truly going to live each day like it was my last, I would eat rich foods and lots of desserts every day, never workout and I wouldn’t go to work just to name a few things.

Of course the sentiment of the quote is that we should value the time we have here on this earth and I certainly agree with that. I believe we should make sure the people close to us know that we love them, we shouldn’t hold grudges and we should generally try to live well. Perhaps as a Christian I have a bit of a different perspective on this than some people since I know that the best is yet to come after I die. I think I prefer to use carpe diem or seize the day as my mantra as opposed to living each day like it’s my last. I feel like too many times, I just trudge through my life day by day doing the same things over and over. I want to seize the day and do something different and interesting every day. This can prove difficult when life lends itself to routine and as humans, we thrive on routine.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do something every day that scares you.” I think that is an excellent way to think about it. I am interested in hearing what other people think and how you keep life from becoming a mundane routine.

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