Life is for living

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

– Marcus Aurelius –

I’m on a roll with TED talks at the moment, and I saw a really fantastic one yesterday, so I wanted to share it with you today.

First and foremost it is short and sweet. Most TED talks last around 15 minutes, but this one is just over 5. It is by a guy called Ric Elias who had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009.

He tells the story of what went through his mind as the plane went down and explains quite simply, the 3 things that he learned in those seemingly doomed moments.

1. It all changes in an instant – he realised that he no longer wants to postpone anything in life.

2. I regret the time I wasted on things that didn’t matter with people who did matter – he has decided the eliminate negative energy from his life, has let go of his ego, no longer tries to be right and hasn’t had an argument with his wife in 2 years.

3. The only goal I have in life is to be a great Dad

So the question is, what would you change in your life, if you escaped from a plane crash? What would you do differently? How would you change the way you interact with others? What would you do that you’ve been putting off for ages? After all, we only get one life, so we might as well make the very best of it.

Inspiration for this post 

Ric Elias’ TED talk – 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

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