Live your own life

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Live your own life
Live your own life. That seems obvious, but it isn’t. How many people don’t live someone else’s life? Trying to realize the dreams their parents had for them? And give up their own dreams out of fear? Don’t live your own life. That is the greatest tragedy that can happen to you. Finding out on your deathbed that you didn’t live the life you wanted to live. Didn’t get out what was in it. Didn’t spell out your full name. It’s one of our worst fears precisely because its implications are so huge. Then why did you live?

Deathbed Scene

One of the people I’m currently writing a book with witnessed such a drama. His grandmother said to him on her deathbed, “What kind of life have I had?” That was the ultimate surrender. The full realization that she hadn’t been happy. The enormous drama that lay behind it was a key moment in his life for this man. Whatever happened, he would make sure this didn’t happen to him. He would stay close to himself and do his very best to get out what was inside. To be true to oneself. And although it took many detours before he finally got the hang of that art, that deathbed scene has always remained a shining example of what NOT to do.

Live your own life

The roadmap to living your own life

How should it be? Everyone can only decide that for themselves. Precisely because going your own way is such a completely individual experience, someone else’s road map is of little use to you. However, there are general things that help. For example, regularly ask yourself these three questions:

  1. do I follow my heart and am I true to myself?
  2. is my life focused on the things that are really important to me?
  3. am I the person I want to be in this world?

If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track. If not, then it is important to change course as quickly as possible.

Live your own life

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