Death Is Inevitable
These past two weeks have been very difficult for the co-founders of ElevatedPost. Both, Carlos and myself have each faced a recent death in our families and lost two very special people. Losing those you love is never easy. Regardless of how much you try to stay strong for the expected outcome of life, death will always be something difficult to prepare for.
As we move forward and transition into a life without our beloved family members, here are 5 things that death personally reminded me about:
Your Time Is Extremely Limited
Needless to say that nobody leaves this Earth alive. Whether they are young, middle-aged or elderly, one thing we all share in common is that our time will soon expire. Stop leaving what can be done today for tomorrow because tomorrow may never come. One of the best quotes I’ve heard about living your life to the fullest came from the late Steve Jobs who said, “Live everyday as if it were your last because one day it will be.” Too many people, especially teenagers and young adults, feel the need to “stay in all day” or find ways to “kill time” as if they had all eternity to live. The harsh reality is that you don’t. Nobody does. Start taking action and stop taking time for granted because you will never, never get it back.
Memories Are All You’re Left With
One of the few things you’re left with when someone reaches their deathbed are the memories they instill in you. Given so, be sure to leave a positive impact on those who you come in contact with throughout your lifetime. Be someone who sets a positive example that others can learn or gain from. Be the person who pays it forward or changes the lives of others for the better. Whether you give them sound advice, open their minds to see the world for how it could be versus how it is, direct them to a better lifestyle or simply hand them a good book. Influence change and make a difference in their lives. All it takes is one millimeter in the right direction to redirect someone’s life completely.
Health Is More Important Than Wealth
You can have all the money in the world but if you don’t have good health, your wealth means absolutely nothing. Too often times people tend to focus so much on materialism that they forget to take care of their own health. Death is a reminder that no matter how wealthy you may be, it all stays here once you’re gone. Don’t give up your good health for things that don’t matter. Life is too precious to be excessively obsessed with riches and power. Although wanting and desiring more is our human nature, don’t put your health in second place. Do your best to consistently eat healthier, exercise, meditate, enjoy nature and spend time making memories with those you love most. All else will fall into place.
Do What You Can When You Can
Living a life full of regret is by far one of my biggest fears. The last thing you want in your life is to be struck by an unexpected circumstance that prevents you from doing what you always put off for later. Don’t live a life full of what-ifs, should’ve, could’ve, or would’ve done moments. Live a full life. Travel, explore your surroundings, and visit your family members when they are still alive, not when they have to get buried 6 feet deep. My grandmother used to tell me, “Don’t buy me flowers when I am in the graveyard, buy me flowers when I am alive so I can enjoy them more.” Go run that marathon before you’re in a wheelchair. Visit and explore the world before your vision fades and you can’t see anymore. Don’t wait until you lose your memory to tell people you love them. Do it all before it’s too late!Don’t wait until tomorrow to do what you can do todayClick To Tweet
Life Is A Gift
Life is a gift, so why waste it? Too many people wake up tired, miserable and depressed. It’s time you start asking yourself, why? If you aren’t happy with where you are in life or what you’re doing then take action and make some changes! Whether it means changing your careers to do something you love, or removing negative people from your day-to-day or removing yourself from a toxic relationship, make that change. Focus on your own well-being before you start to worry about others. Live a life that you’ll enjoy, not one that you dread being in. Constantly feed your mind healthy, positive, and spiritual thoughts to motivate you to live your life to its fullest potential everyday.Life is only as good as your mindsetClick To Tweet
In loving memory of my grandfather, Horacio Valdez-Romero and Carlos’ beloved aunt, Diomaris Bello.
We miss you.