This is a little manifesto in protest against all the voices that tell us,
“Live as if you may die tomorrow.”
That point of view is overrated. After many, many seasons of attempting to live this way, I’ve decided to be a voice that says,
“Live as if you’ve got another hundred years.”
I’m tired of trying to pack it all in to the time remaining, and of wondering whether I managed to pack in enough today. It’s an attitude that fosters desperation. When I’m reminding myself that today may be my last, my eye is most definitely not on the prize.
So I choose a healthy dose of self-delusion: I have time.
Yes, I’ve got a job, and the job’s got deadlines I keep. But I have time to make mistakes, I have time to watch my son battle the boss in his video game. I have time to click the links in the sidebar. I have time to find out where the old stairs by the freeway lead. I have time to put some things off, maybe forever.
I’m a few weeks in to this new perspective, and it’s been awesome. I settle in to sleep and know I’ve done enough. I look forward to tomorrow as if it were the beginning of a massive new adventure—one that’s not likely to be done by the end of the day.
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