My emotions were so close to overwhelming me as it happened! ๐Ÿ˜–

But I laid my heart open and expressed them! โค

Perhaps I get “too emotional” these days! But then again, I remember the days as a child when I use to always downplay my emotions. It wasn’t pleasant to say the least! ๐Ÿ˜…

But now, all I can think about as I write this is how great it feels to simply express myself. Now, even with the smallest gesture of kindness, I give myself permission to get teary-eyed. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Remember when I told you all about Kieran? He was the friend I helped get to UPW last month in London. ๐Ÿค” If not, you can read about it here: http://bit.ly/2JunhbJ ๐Ÿ‘

What Iโ€™m referring to happened one evening after I finished talking with Kieran, after we had parted ways for the night, when my emotions started getting to me. ๐Ÿ˜ข

It must have been a late evening, because as I walked into the Crew Break Room I remember it was completely empty apart from 2 other Crew members: Jamie and Aaron. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

I didnโ€™t plan on telling either of them what was going on. ๐Ÿคซ

A part of me just wanted to leave the venue and get some shut eye for the night. On Crew we can have some very long days! ๐Ÿ˜‚

But I would be lying if I didnโ€™t say another part of me had the desire to share with them what I was feeling. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Being assigned to a Floor Captain position that event, I wanted to set a greater leadership example. But I can tell you: even the best of leaders should not be afraid to reveal their vulnerabilities from time to time. ๐ŸŒŸ

Looking back on what I told them, I only remember fragments, but I ended up sharing what had happened…

I told them about Kieran, how grateful he was for me helping him get to the event, and how touched I was by his many thanks to me. โค๏ธ

I held back additional tears as Jamie and Aaron listened intently. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

What initially was a single moment of gratitude in my mind morphed into a recollection of many more: grateful to be back in London again, grateful to impact thousands more lives for the better, grateful to see the impact of my actions up close and personal, etc. โค๏ธ

And then came the final exclamation mark! ๐ŸŽ

I told them the thought thatโ€™s been crossing my mind the past yearโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Itโ€™s one Iโ€™ve honestly been very hesitant to share, let alone on social media, because I feared it would be taken the wrong way. But I promise what Iโ€™m about to share is by no means meant to come off as โ€œdepressingโ€ or โ€œmorbidโ€. ๐Ÿ™‚

Itโ€™s a thought that’s crossed my mind often, whether it’s when I’ve been falling sleep or when I’ve taken short moments to deeply reflect on my life. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Itโ€™s the thought of Death. But not in the way you may be thinking! Let me quickly assure you my mental health is absolutely fine. In fact, it’s better than fine! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Allow me to explainโ€ฆโœ

As I sat there still emotional, I told Jamie and Aaron this thought Iโ€™ve had, this unconditional feeling of having lived a “full life“. The only way I can describe it is a feeling of transcendence, a feeling of “completeness”, a feeling that if I were to somehow die in the near future that I could feel rest assured to take my last breath in absolute peace. โค๏ธ

It’s an emotional state where you’re always grateful enough to say: โ€œI’ve lived a full life, one I’ve deemed worth living, and should I have the pleasure of experiencing another tomorrow allow me to keep living just as fully.โ€ ๐Ÿ™

To summarize in one word: ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.

Some of you might be reading this and thinking: “DONALD! YOU’RE ONLY 27! YOU’RE LIFE’S JUST BEGUN!” ๐Ÿ—ฃ

But let me ask: what if tomorrow wasn’t 100% guaranteed? What if we lived each day of our lives with a reminder that tomorrow is never promised? Would you be living the same way you are today? I donโ€™t mean to ask this like some clichรฉ motivational quote. โŒ

I mean if you REALLY thought about it DEEPLY, how DIFFERENT would you be living your life? ๐Ÿค”

The philosopher Seneca said: โ€œLife is long, if you know how to use it.โ€ I think I know what he means. ๐Ÿ™Œ

A person could live a hundred years and feel they hadnโ€™t lived a full life. But another could live a mere 10 years yet feel they’ve lived a full life. How is that so? ๐Ÿค”

Because itโ€™s not about the number of years you’re alive, but about the years you’ve actually lived. ๐Ÿ‘

Some may see the idea of Death as โ€œdepressingโ€ and “morbid“. But I see Death as the most powerful motivator you have at your disposal in this game called Life. This very acknowledgement of Death is what’s pulled me forward the past few years:

๐Ÿ‘Š To do things I wouldnโ€™t normally do

๐Ÿ‘Š To travel to places I wouldn’t think of going to

๐Ÿ‘Š To take risks my old fears would’ve normally dissuaded me from doing

Perhaps, there is much more to the term “You Only Live Once” than I once gave it credit for! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I took this photo while at the Glasgow Necropolis in Scotland last month. Walking among the tombstones, I was reminded again of all these ideas. ๐Ÿ™Œ

You can surely see Death as a negative, something which creeps into all our lives at one point or another. ๐Ÿ˜จ

But you can also see Death as the greatest tool you have while you’re alive: to transform your negatives into positives, to remind you of the things which truly matter, to push you towards living in ways you could only best describe as “a life worth living“. โค๏ธ


As Martin Heidegger put it: “๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ, ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ – ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง.”

Here’s to hoping many more heartfelt moments to share with you all! I love you, and thank you for reading! โค๏ธ #EudaimonicLife



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