At the end of your life, you want to know that you mattered. That you not only added value to the lives of the people closest to you but to complete strangers.
But instead of dying on empty you will die with a heart full of regret. I have those regrets today, and it terrifies me to think that if today is my last day, I have done little to matter. So I am refusing to live with the cloud of regret shadowing my every move.
Every evening before bed ask yourself:
- Did I matter today?
- Did I love, openly?
You must be intentional about your actions and not a pedestrian. You must be self-aware enough to understand where you want to go. Once you have locked in on that destination, ask yourself what skills do you need to master so you can successfully navigate to the destination.
How do you master a skill? Read. Study books that solve problems you have and then educate someone on how to address that problem. By teaching yourself and others to solve problems, you will become more valuable. And at the end of your life, you get to say I did matter.