It will break your heart, but it works like a charm.
You run your ass off all week, play catch up on the weekend, and expect to rise and shine on Monday morning with a smile on your face to start it all again.
Most of us feel stuck, like we have no say at all in how our life plays out. Our days seem pretty much pre-planned, as though we simply swim where the current takes us.
Yes, we made our own beds. We bought the McMansion (that now takes hours to clean), accepted the promotion (that we totally deserved), made the babies (that was actually really fun), and signed ourselves up for this, that, and at least ten other things.
AND … we each get to choose if we want to continue to hit repeat each morning, or if we want to wake up and try out a new, hopefully more fulfilling path towards feeling true happiness.
It all begins with THIS exercise.
Close your eyes and take a few deep belly breaths. Once you settle into a more relaxed state, imagine you’re in the doctor’s office.
He hands you an expiration date.
He regrets to inform you that you have an inoperable tumor, and you’ll be dead within three years.
Let that sink in …
How old will you be? What will you be doing when it’s time to check out? How old will your kids be, and what will be going on in their lives when they lose you?
Take your time and truly think about what your life might look like in three years.
How will those around you be rocked by your death?
The more details you can imagine the more profound this experience will be.
It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it?
Now, settle down with that lump in the back of your throat and tell me — if you knew you were going to die within three years, what changes would you make in your life, starting today?
I'm guessing that accepting more responsibility at work or chairing another bake sale probably didn’t make your list.
Life can be yanked out from under you without warning.
The fantasy of living until you’re wrinkly and senile isn’t a guarantee.
So tell the voice in the back of your mind, the one that’s whispering, "Great exercise … but I’m not going to actually die in three years," to f*ck off and listen up.
You are dying, as am I. Everyday we're one day closer today to death than we were yesterday. I know we all hate to talk about our mortality, but it’s still going to happen.
Dying is not the tragedy. The tragedy is that we believe we have all of this time — and we don’t.
We waste hours upon hours scrolling, snapping, and pinning.
Why? Because we’re too scared to stand up and live differently.
We are too scared to give societal standards the middle finger and swim upstream for a change; to choose a lifestyle saturated in happy moments with our loved ones, instead of buried in material possessions.
This is your chance to stand up!
My father used to tell me that life was like a one night stand; blink and I’d miss it. If he was alive to see this smartphone plague he would adjust to say, "Look down and you’ll miss it."
If you want to take back control of your life, put down the electronics and do something with the fire we set today in your belly.
Until you’re ready to step up and play the real game of life, you will feel like you have no control.
I hope is you look up before you miss it.
Jessica is the author of Back 2 Love. She owns a practice in New Prague, Minnesota where she lives with her husband, two kids, and two pups. For more relationship advice, follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to check out her video series, Back 2 Love, on her YouTube channel, Super Living.