Climbing Kilimanjaro had a profound effect on me, it gave me a reference point for many lessons on how I want to live my life. Over the course of the next three blogs I will discuss in more details, the words of my 90-year old self. You might ask, why share the point of view of your 90 year old self? The reason why I’m writing this is because we will all die one day, that is guaranteed. I believe that humanity should find time to take a step back from the hustle of daily life, and reassess their goals, achievements and priorities. For me, living until I’m 90 does not mean that I have lived, so the words serve as a reminder that length of life does not equal quality or fullness of life.
I hope that reflecting on the words of my 90 year old self will allow me to live a life of quality and will allow you, my readers, to reflect on what quality of life means for you and LIVE IT!
The words from my 90 year old self:
“The steps to immortality are taken by those who have come alive with the purpose that God has given them.”
I had just left the gym, feeling exhilarated, energised and focused! Going to the gym in the morning and meditating in the sauna before work makes me feel like a winner before the day begins. Then I got a phone call… I was told that someone I knew had died. She was in her late 20s, ambitious, had built a strong foundation and had choices of what she could do and achieve. As weakness and vulnerability filtered through my system, I started to picture the last time we had spoken and I wished it wasn’t true.
If I was to die tomorrow, could I say I lived a quality life? The words from that question can change your life forever. To live a quality life is not to look outwards to the world and seek validation that you have done a good job and are healthy, or have not passed your exams and are divorced. It is for you to look inwards and believe you’re enough, to choose courage over comfort, build trusted and genuine connections with others, and dare to live greatly whilst striving for excellence.
You don’t have to be perfect to take the first steps towards striving for excellence. The strength that keeps you going is from your heart, and the more you use it the clearer your purpose becomes. This improves your quality of life on the inside, as much as it would on the outside. Does your purpose have to be one thing? To me it doesn’t – life is holistic and you have many things that bring you alive i.e. family, friends, work, hobbies, travel etc., the list goes on. Get out of your own way, choose not to dwell on the thoughts “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not ready” and strive towards living a life you can be proud of today. Life is what you make it, immortality is only for those who come alive. So go discover what that is and do it!
Please share stories of when you have dared greatly and come alive with the #IAMAGOGETTER. Let’s help each other to live a life worth telling our grandkids about!
I will be putting together an event outlining more of the lessons that I learnt from Kilimanjaro and the GoGetters mindset. Early bird discount tickets will be available soon, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be notified.