Before I die..
I understand the title is intimidating. However, facing the reality of death is actually a remarkable way to appreciate your life. Today in Toastmasters we were honored enough to view a TED Talk by Candy Chang called “Before I die I want to…”
TED talks are inspiring ideas worth spreading usually in the form of powerful speeches. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I thoroughly encourage you to do so. It is one of those sites you can get wrapped up in for an hour just surfing around. A secret I will share with you is: you won’t leave the site without setting your soul on fire.
In this 6 minute speech Candy explains the importance of frequently reflecting on death. Candy wants you to self-probe the question, “what do you want to do before you die?” The end of the speech REALLY resonated with me. Candy shares:
Two of the most valuable things we have are time and our relationships with other people. In our age of increasing distractions it is more important than ever to find ways to maintain perspective and remember that life is brief and tender.. death is something that we are often discouraged to talk or even think about, but I have realized that preparing for death is one of the most empowering things we can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life.”
At times people ask me why I am so happy all the time. I think this speech explains it all. Life is short, so why cry over spilled coffee? Appreciate the now, for it is all we have. Check out Candy’s speech and her brilliant idea to share her idea with the world. It is sure worth spreading. Thank you, Candy.