“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.
Think about this quote. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down to mull it over. It is raw and realistic. We have nothing to lose and the world is ours to create. We are only here for a limited amount of time and we can make the most of every single second. This isn’t a morbid thought, but more of an inspiration. The small things don’t matter and it all comes back to your happiness. Are you happy with your life? If you aren’t then take the steps to change it. Take your dreams and run with them every day. Don’t just run to the finish line, but run past it. Always go the extra mile in life when you are passionate about something. Above all, live your life, not someone else’s ideal lifestyle. It all comes back to looking at the big picture and realizing why you do what you do. The world is an open playground for ideas, creativity, love, emotion, reason and dreams. I firmly believe that if you can work hard and constantly push toward a goal, you can achieve it. Steve Jobs was right, we are already naked, and we have a choice. Are you going to follow your heart? Or are you going to shy away from the challenge? I encourage you to take that challenge and embrace it, but always remember what the essence of life is about. I couldn’t have said it better myself…
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Never stop creating. Make this life your dream life. Ready, set, go…