I have shared before how much I love TED talks. As the week of Thanksgiving draws to a close, I wanted to share a talk. I had a really nice one on giving thanks that I really loved but then I saw this talk.
This talk by Candy Chang, “Before I Die I Want To…” was powerful to me. I sat there watching and listening with tears streaming down my face. Toward the end of the talk, she says, “In our age of increasing distractions, it’s more important than ever to find ways to maintain perspective and remember that life is brief and tender….Thinking about death clarifies your life.”
I have been faced with death for much of my life. I have lost people I have loved as a young child and gone through periods of extensive grieving through my teen years. I see death and dying a little differently than many of the people that surround me.
Thinking about my own death is eye-opening. What do I want to have done by the time I die? What imprint do I want to leave? What do I want people to say about me when I’m gone?
I want to be remembered as kind, faithful, grateful, and charitable. I want to be known as a person that continued to chase her dreams wherever they led her. I want to be remembered as someone who was brave, strong, and fought for others. I want to have made an influence on those that surround me.
Before I die I want to….live a worthy and profound life.
Please watch this talk and remember how fleeting life is and find some clarification for your own life. There are so many distractions in this world. Please don’t let living your life become one of them.