What If You Just Had One More Day? What Would You Do?

By Samantha Keene
May 30, 2015
Collective Evolution

 

daySometimes a video comes along that is so poignant, so powerful, and so utterly beautiful in its simplicity that we can’t help but take notice.

There are endless articles, blogs, and videos out there, all clamouring for our attention and all trying to relay the same message of self-improvement. We all know the phrase, “Carpe Diem,” but rarely do we stop to actually consider what it means. We can hear a message told a thousand different ways without ever truly listening to it, but all it takes is one time, one perfectly articulated thought, for us to actually internalize the idea. I hope watching this video will mark that time for you. We have shared it before on the site, but it’s been making its way around the internet again and I think it’s worth sharing a second time.

Here at CE we are huge proponents of the idea that you should do what you love. I recently spent 6 toxic months chasing the dream we’ve all been told to want – I found myself a 9-5 job working in an office with benefits, job security, and the promise of a pension. I thought, after years of schooling and unsatisfying part-time jobs, that I was finally “on my way” to success.

But I was miserable. I had no interest in the work I was doing, I hated sitting in front of a computer screen all day, and I came home grumpy and exhausted. My muscles were literally begging to be used, as were my critical thinking skills, but instead I was forced to be sedentary, crunching numbers all day long. I counted every agonizingly slow minute of every day until I could go home. Everything about the opportunity had sounded great on paper, but in reality, my relationships, my health, and my emotional well-being were suffering. I knew if I stayed on at the company there were plenty of opportunities for advancement, but that would mean further entrenching myself into an existence that was deeply unsatisfying.

And then I started doing something I enjoyed. I started doing work that utilized my unique skills, that gave me the freedom to explore topics that interested me. I started doing work that actually felt like it mattered. I started working for CE. And the difference has been astronomical.

When you consider how much of your life is spent at work, it’s pretty horrifying to think that most people spend that time doing something they hate. They’re working for their paycheque and they’re working for the weekend, and they think that’s completely normal. I met so many people over the last several months who seemed so resigned to their fate, as though being unhappy at work was simply the reality of being an adult and living in the “real world.” But I promise you, that is simply not the case. That is a fiction we have been told all of our lives, and it is preventing us from taking risks and striving for our dreams.

I know for a fact that when you actually care about something, you put more effort into it. And, more importantly, when you are engaged in what you are doing, it doesn’t feel like work.

And that brings me to this amazing video. I’ve been a huge fan of ZeFrank for a few years now – his Sad Cat Diary video literally left me incoherent with laughter, and his True Facts series is equally entertaining – but until quite recently I had no idea that he was also involved in some really thought-provoking works.

The video below explains how much time you spend doing things like working, cooking, and cleaning. And it shows you how much time you have left for the things you enjoy. Wouldn’t it be great if work was one of those things? Check it out, and be prepared to be moved! I hope this inspires you as much as it did me.

Do what you love. Love what you do.

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5 thoughts on “What If You Just Had One More Day? What Would You Do?

  1. migarium

    Do I want to additional period of life time for my own? I do not know. But, there were some valuable people who I met on this planet and they are no longer in here. For them and for sharing more time with them, it would have been enough even 1 hour, not 1 year. I would want this plus time for them. Sometimes, many things that will share, leave behind.

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  2. ars1947

    Im glad you posted this. A lot of people don’t see that money, power and what looks good on paper is not living life to the fullest. I suppose it depends on how you wish to live life as well.

    For me personally, I can’t imagine not meeting new people everyday, or learning something that I can pass on to someone who needs it more than me. Living life is not working an office job, but rather building something with a team or helping people face to face. Writing stories, spreading the truth and uncovering hidden details. To me I wouldn’t regret life if that was what it was like everyday, but unfortunately, until I’m standing on my own two feet, these things remain hopes for my future. For now I’m stuck in a system that values numbers over people, and only one right answer for every question.

    If I had one more day to live, I would go out and meet more people, and I would probably tell everyone I care about I love them, but not without leaving something infinite behind for them.

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  3. newsfortherevolution Post author

    Our way of life is probably the least rewarding way we could be spending our time. Most people spend their lives working at jobs they don’t enjoy, worrying about money and bills and all the things they want but don’t have, or can’t afford. I think that is the recipe for disappointment and regret.

    I think I would spend my last day with the people I love, talking about the amazing times we shared and be being thankful for all those experiences. Life really is beautiful, but we lose sight of that because the way we live is so ugly

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    1. ars1947

      Unfortunately, this is true. I suppose we sacrifice our passions and gifts for security, which may not be exciting, but safe to say the least.

      Oh, I just put up the story, so check it out when you can

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