Once you realize the preciousness of human life,
there is no stopping you.
I recently had the experience of losing one of my dear brothers from this life.
I've experienced many and various emotional upheavals throughout my life, but nothing quite compares to the finality of loss that comes with the death of someone in your immediate family.
However, rather than allow my brother's death to push me into a cycle of endless despondency, I am finding the openings that his death leads into life.
Human life is a remarkable phenomenon, and the sooner we realize this, the sooner we get to not only enjoy our time alive, but also to maximize the success of our time here. And by success I don't mean the standard, run-of-the-mill, yet increasingly-outdated measurement of success –how much money or stuff you have. I mean whatever success means to you –whatever speaks to your heart as being your ultimate experience of human fulfillment.
What is really important to you?
What makes you feel most alive?
How do you want to spend your limited number of years on this planet?
I have been asking these (and similar) questions of myself since I was very young and the answer has always come back to me in a kind of trifold package:
I want to learn.
I want to create.
I want to serve.