Like it’s your last

Do it like it’s the last time you ever will.  Because eventually, it will be.

I mean this in a less morbid way than the phase is usually used, but also with seriousness.  I put a lot of value on the experience of life, and, even aside from death, there is a real probability that things you take for granted today will change.  For an infinite number of reasons, routines of today are not how they will be tomorrow.

Relationships and friendships begin, change, and end.  Things break, are replaced, or are improved. Perspectives and experiences mold us into doing different things and experiencing them differently.  People change geographies, and geographies change around people.

In technology industries, we get giddy over disruption.  Disruption is opportunity.  Disruption is change.

But change is also an end.  For even the most mundane of tasks, it could be a cherished experience if it you knew it would be the last time you experienced it.

The trouble is that you only rarely know when you are doing something that it will be the last.  The solution, I think, is to try for a frame of mind to experience everything like it’s your last.

2 thoughts on “Like it’s your last

  1. andreimpop

    I’ve thought about this topic a lot myself.

    You are essentially arguing for maintaing perspective on things; “Enjoy using your legs as your run this morning, you might get hit by a car and not be able to use them ever again”

    I think overall this advice is hard not to agree with: inevitably living in the moment by relishing the fact that this might be the last time you _______ (see your mom, hold your kids, etc) is going to lead to a happier, more rich and fulfilling experience. In practice, I have yet to find a really good technique for spontaneously creating this feeling save for just a fleeting moment. There are rare exceptions, but I find I can’t really “control” them with my brain as much as they are simply a byproduct of my mood/experience that day/week/month. How many things have you actually done where you think they are your likely to be your “last”? You think about it, sure, but often the rational brain will kick in and say “no, probably my legs will still work in time for tomorrow’s run”. Legitimately, most things that I do now I believe that, if I choose to, I can do them again. Unfortunately, one day I will be wrong.

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  2. graehamd Post author

    I think the way is to think about it not hard but often. I actually started really thinking about this recently when I was biking in North Vancouver and realized it was probably the last time I’d ride that trail for a long time, possible for ever. I think we grossly underestimate the number of times we do something for the last time.

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