Life and Death – two sides of the same coin

I found out this week that my father’s half brother passed away in India. I never met my eldest Uncle but I still felt a loss. I guess death can do that to you. I also listened to Boyzone’s new single ‘gave it all away’ which has the vocals of the late Stephen Gately at the start of the song. Just listening to the first line sent shivers down my spine…”I will learn to live before I die”…even writing this sentence has given me goose bumps.

Life is something we take for granted and we forget this journey is not forever. I know it’s a clique but the saying that we should live each day as our last is very true. We don’t know if tomorrow will really come. We only have this moment.

This whole area of life and death got me thinking about the work we all do on a daily basis. Many of us are on auto-pilot when we go to work and Monday’s often start with the thought “I can’t wait until Friday!”  Just take a look at the words below of the late singer and actress Aaliyah, who tragically died at the age of 21 on August 26th 2001:

“You have to enjoy your job; you should wake up every day and love what you do… I honestly do…From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul. I’m truly happy.”
–Aaliyah 2001

How many of you out there can say that what Aaliyah said rings true for you?  If it doesn’t then maybe you need to do something about it.  Life is to be enjoyed and not endured, if Monday morning’s don’t make you feel alive then only you can change this. We only have today to make tomorrow better.  Instead of complaining about what you don’t like, do something about it.  I am not saying you should go out there and quit your jobs, far from it. Maybe doing something you’re passionate about on the side will help make Monday mornings enjoyable.

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