“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Ganhi
There is one common character quality that is shared by each of my best friends. When I think back on my childhood friends, my high school friends, my college friends, my international friends from my time abroad, and my adulthood friends, there is one giant unifying factor that clearly magnetizes me towards them. Their special trait? They all believe in living as if they were going to die tomorrow. Each of them honors the concept of carpe diem in such a capacity that they celebrate the small things in life as well as seize any exciting opportunity to experience the world in a new way.
This week, my dear friend Moe Nunez realized that she had never seen Niagara Falls. She re-arranged her work schedule mid-week for an overnight road trip from Virginia to New York with her boyfriend; she left Wednesday and was back Thursday. When asked why she was going to Niagara Falls in the winter and not even spending much time there, her response was simple and poignant: “I could die Friday, and I don’t want to die before I see Niagara Falls.”
It takes only a little bit of time around such beautifully inspired spirits to want to live and embody the same quality, and that is what I have done and try to do. Surround yourself intentionally with the people you admire and wish to become more like, for we become most like the five people that we spend the most time with. Life is short, and as Mother Teresa once said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Go chase life like you really mean it.