#219. Don’t live every day like it’s your last. Live it like it’s your first.

21 Comments 26 November 2013

If you lived every day like it’s your last day, you’d be one big, sad, sobbing, sniffing mess, thinking of all the people you’d be leaving behind and all the stuff you were yet to do. You’d spend every day in bed cradling a box of Kleenex, feeling terribly sorry for yourself. Better choice is to live every day like it’s your first.

First days are amazing days. One your first day of a holiday you can’t wait to dump your bags and jump in the pool, hit the beach, then hit the bar. The last day of your holiday, you spend packing up and reminiscing about all the other days of your holiday.

The first day someone meets that special somebody is way more exciting than the 16,473rd day. There is something magical in the new and unexpected of what lies ahead that makes hearts skip and minds think of nothing else.

The first time I went to a Springsteen concert was more amazing than the next three times. Not particularly because it was a better concert, but because it was the first time I was seeing my childhood hero on stage, instead of on a poster.

My 3-month old daughter is seeing everything for the first time and she can’t keep the smile of her cute, pinchable face. Everything from her brother’s hair to the buttons on my shirt blows her mind. She hasn’t been to the beach yet, or seen snow, or ridden a rollercoaster, but when she does, she’ll love it.

Maybe that’s it. Maybe we can all learn something from these little people who haven’t really learned anything yet: to see the awesome in the every day, the excitement in the average and the beautiful in the boring—to live every day like it’s your first.

I’ll try and take my own advice today as I sit at the same desk I’ve sat at for five years, doing the same sort of stuff. Of well, at least there’s a window I can look out of.

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21 Responses

  1. ultrafire3 says:

    If I had a $ for every time I heard “live each day like it’s your last”… MONEEEEEEYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. mokrousov says:

    Have you realy been on Bruce Springsteen concert 4 times?) Amazing..)

  3. lostgirl90 says:

    I agree. You see the world with complete wonderment when you experience each day as a beginning rather than an ending.

  4. abidaa7 says:

    This is completely a positive attitude ….like it ..

  5. Maria says:


  6. thetonyru says:

    This is so true, and if people actually look at things this way, the world would be a happier place. Your writing is awesome by the way. It’s very comical, yet true. thank you.

  7. Confused Confessions says:

    Please read my blog? Confusedconfessions.

  8. gezmuah06 says:

    So true Appreciate the little things in life.

  9. mardahayev says:

    i have been enjoying your posts, you should go a head and start doing that again :)

  10. KarriEatsZombies says:

    this is very true I like how you look at things on the brighter side!

  11. honey says:

    loved it. its very true that experiencing something for the first time seems magical….

  12. Invisible Girl says:

    I love how you see the world, its inspiring

  13. amanda.rsf says:

    I love the concept of your blog! Really original and insightful, and I can’t agree more with the last day of holidays example – I’m always counting down to the next first day I don’t have to go to the office. At least the promise of that keeps me motivated to keep going!

  14. I Am says:

    I am impressed.
    I am impressed by your positive attitude. In today’s society, with everything from newspaper reportings to life’s events in themselves, it’s impressive to decide to take the optimistic route. Also very difficult at times, and so I applaud you.

  15. tanbuexxx says:

    I am not exaggerating but this is the best blog I have ever read. your attitude towards life is so inspiring and I love how you see the world.. it’s like breaking through the wall of all the prejudices that determine our lives… I DO love it

  16. vaip says:

    yeah there is so much 2 learn from kids

  17. Gio says:

    Loove It :) First time I heard this one.

  18. Evelyn Yeats says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been saying. This saying never made any sense to me, and I thank you for giving me a better way to think about it! You have some excellent thoughts, my friend.

  19. adla.sleeper says:

    So true!

  20. Halla Mohamed says:

    actually this did motivate me and gave me hope to live
    I loved it so much ❤️

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