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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Live Each Day as If it Were Your Last, but...

by Caryn L. Fitzgibbon (writer), Los Angeles, August 15, 2006

You know that tired old phrase "live each day as if it were your last"? Well, isn't there a slight conundrum associated with that phrase? I mean If I were to really live each day as if it were my last, I'd probably be in jail right now or bankrupt, homeless, friendless. What if I really told people what was on my mind? If I told them what I thought of them? This essay has alot of questions in it.

My point is that if I really lived each day as if it were my last then I'd be creating more and more restraints for myself, making it cumulatively harder for me to live each consecutive day as if it were my last considering the consequences of the previous day's actions. If I ended up in prison, could I really live each day as if it were my last? I mean I could, but I'd have more obstacles to overcome to be able to do that, then If I hadn't ended up in jail. But if I hadn't ended up in jail, then I wouldn't have been living the day as if it were my last. You see my problem?

What this phrase requires then, is a small footnote for overly-analytical thinkers like myself who like to take things at face value and then have a problem with them. I was thinking something like this:

"Live each day as if it were your last"*

* Meaning, live each day as if it were your last but only in such a way as to allow one to continue living each day as if it were one's last. Consequences must be taken into consideration.


About the Writer

Caryn L. Fitzgibbon is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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