The Art of Living 2 -How To Live Your Life

They said I should do the best with what I have, so I’ve decided to invest everything in today, because all we really have is now.
Kanayo Aniegboka –kani

I realised when I lost a very dear friend, which I wrote about in Eulogy for the Living, that it does not really matter how many years you spent on earth, what matters is how many days out of all those years you lived to the fullest. 100 years is made up of 36,500 days, imagine that someone spends 15,000 of those days in depression, worry, ignorance, carelessness, fear, … they would have actually lived just for 21,500 (58 years,) even though they died at 100. Every 24hours is meant to be lived out, leaving nothing to spare. I advocate for a full life today, not tomorrow.

If you will make the best of your life, you need to realise that:  

•          Life is for the living: you really can’t prepare to live, life is happening now. We have a saying when translated goes something like this “you’re filled with only what you have eaten”. It is not wisdom to loose today planning for tomorrow, plan tomorrow while living today, your life includes today.

•          Tomorrow is uncertain: ‘been there done that’ is one of life’s most beautiful statements, it means I didn’t lose out on life. It may actually be something you are now embarrassed about, like a teenage misdemeanour, but the life is richer that has experienced and grown than the one that is grown and wonders. I don’t advocate that you do every stupid thing that has the potential to kill you, but that we leave no chance to regret tomorrow.

•          There are things you can only enjoy now: there are some of the things you did earlier in life that if you remember how much joy it gave you at the time, you can’t help but smiling at how stupid it feels now. ‘Smile while you still have teeth’ is a wise advice. Run while you can still carry yourself, hang out before you have to return home early, read all night and walk around naked while you still have the house to yourself, form relationships before you begin to suspect everyone around you for being there for your money, do today everything you can.

•          Tomorrow is already filled up: the issues of tomorrow will be sufficient to fill your life then, you don’t need to push today’s possibilities to make up for tomorrow’s expectations. Waiting till you retire at 60 to enjoy your life will be sad when you realise that fun at 60 is very different from fun at 20, 30, or 40. At 60 you celebrate accomplishments, at 20 you celebrate possibilities.

The world is yours, reach out and grab it, don’t pick it one at a time, grab it fistfuls. Life is like a game of chess, you have to keep your eyes on the whole board at all times, focus on just one part and you will be burned. So let’s plan for all time, but live in the moment.  

To be continued...  

Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks boss, this is a classic. I must say that we spend so much time worrying about things that might never happen in the future and deny ourselves the beauty of today. Also if we eat up everything today when tomorrow comes hunger and starvation is inevitable.

    Thanks boss!