It is Sunday noon. The last day of my stay in Germany. Strange feelings. Although I have chosen that my new home is in Thailand, it is hard to leave my parents and the country in which I was born and in which everything is so familiar and easy.
I have stayed for more than two weeks, but as it is the last day, it is a special day. How can I make best use of it? How can I make this special day special? And: have I made optimum use of the other 14 days?
To make more use of commuting time, I sometimes listen to audio books. During my stay in Germany, whenever I drove the car, I listened to Anthony Robbins “Live with Passion”. And suddenly I feel reminded of his concept of scarcity.
In short, it’s about the fact that we humans usually value things more once we realize they are scarce. Anthony gives a simple example of him and his family being keen on a new sort of cookies. He realized their craving for cookies increased as soon as they ran out of stock. Once they raised the inventory to 25 boxes of cookies, suddenly the cookies were not so special anymore, and they consumed less.
And now I am sitting in this nice Italian restaurant with my family, we are having wonderful food and we enjoy spending quality time together. This is how we make this day special, 5 hours before my flight will depart to Bangkok.
What about the other days during this stay? Should I have spent more time with family and friends instead of doing things I could do as well next week in Thailand?
Yesterday I went to the cemetery to visit my grandparents. They died aged between 70 and 90 which probably gave them sufficient opportunities to live their lives. But I also noticed graves of people who died in their 20ies. And I saw one grave of a 7 years old boy. The atmosphere of a cemetery can make you trigger some thoughts…
What about the scarcity of days in our lives? How would you life your life if you knew you had only a few more months left? How would you like to live your last day?
Whether you like it or not, any day can be your last. Is there anything you should change in your life right now, to live life to the fullest and to avoid regrets once the day will come?
How do you have to live your life now to avoid regretting not having done things once you lie on your death bed?
This blog is dedicated to Andreas Ganz who died of cancer at a far too early age.