I’ve been thinking again recently about what I want to accomplish with my life. I have a few specific goals. I want to see the world from outer space. I want to build a school in a third world country. I want to build a product that touches 1% or more of the people on this planet. I have other audacious plans. I also want to write a book and visit at least 50 countries.
I’ve already seen the pyramids, gone sky diving, started a couple companies and experienced more in 27 years than many people experience in a life time. I’ve been incredibly blessed. I also think it’s important to step back every now and then and ask yourself if you’re living the life you want to be living. I don’t want to wake up one day and realize I wasted time on things that don’t matter.
Tonight, I randomly stumbled across a ReadWriteWeb interview of Brad Feld from 2008. I’ve heard variations on this quote from Brad before and I really like it.
When it’s over, they dig a hole in the ground, put you in it (or spread your ashes somewhere), print your picture in the newspaper and write some nice things about you, and then life goes on for everyone else but you. Live every minute that you have.
Whether you’re an Atheist like Brad or believe in an afterlife like me, it’s a good reminder that our days on this planet are limited. Let’s make this week count.