Keeping it real!
You wouldn’t believe the amount of hesitation I had before creating this video and post. There are only a few people I share this practice of visiting cemeteries with. But I felt it was time to share it with others who are meant to hear it. If you’re reading this, I guess that makes you the person who was meant to hear this message.
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Before I have embarked on any significant stage of my life, I have done this practice; asking my wife to marry me, having kids, leaving my day job to start businesses, changing industries that I have worked in to name a few occasions in my life.
So why do I do it and what’s the benefit for you in trying it?
It all comes down to honouring life and remember that it is only temporary. There are certain things we should probably all let go of doing or tolerating and there are things that we would greatly benefit from having more of in our lives. Perhaps the greatest way to cut the ties from the things that don’t serve us and invite more of what does serve is by embracing the fact that we only have so much time!
I believe that “finish line” we all know exists, but are often too afraid to admit, is a gift. When we can start connecting with the fact that we all only have so many chances to be the best version of ourselves and to live fully, we tap into a new drive! Anyone who follows Gary Vaynerchuck, the highly successful entrepreneur, knows how he often talks about this fact too.
On this particular visit, I noticed a humble tombstone that was almost fully engulfed by weeds. I took a few moments to rip them out and honour that stranger. At the end of the day, we are all connected. Older people tell me that even the longest life is short.
I sincerely hope that this message prompts you to dig a little deeper and find the courage to put fear aside to show up as the best version of yourself.