Imagine being on vacation with a group of friends and deciding to engage in a friendly little game of truth or dare. Your turn comes up and you are posed with a question that is one of your inner most secrets that you wouldn't want anyone on the planet to know, let alone the people you are on vacation with.
Take the dare right? The dare is to strip down to your underwear and sing the national anthem. The only problem is, you forgot to do laundry before you left for going out of town, and planned on washing your underwear once you got to the place you were staying. But for now, you are wearing the most holey, raggedy, "I Really need to do laundry today", pair of underwear! I'm talking that one pair of underwear that you just haven't thrown away yet and wouldn't want to be caught dead wearing on that fateful day of your demise. Think of how embarrassing that would be.
Speaking of not wanting to be caught dead: As I am coming up on my 40th birthday next year, I am becoming increasingly more aware that one day I am going to die.
It's not that before recently, I thought that I would never die, but it wasn't anything that I had focused on or really gave a lot of thought. For a lot of people, when you are in your late twenties and early thirties, it feels like you could live forever. In this time period, you feel like you are in the prime of your life, looking the best, and feeling your best.
In society and media we talk about taking life for granted, but what does that really mean? Is it taking too many risks? Is it wasting or not making the best use of your time? Or is it like I said before, just feeling like you will life forever or be "forever young"?
Now, I would like to say that it was because I am such a wise and thoughtful personal development writer that I came up with this realization that I need to come to grips with this "universal destination", but that is not the case.
It wasn't until last year that I had some health challenges that I started to really think about what happens if I die.
I don't know about you, but I have a list of things that I haven't done yet that I wouldn't want to be "caught dead" without accomplishing.
I wouldn't want to be caught dead without leaving a legacy for my children. I wouldn't want to be caught dead without finishing the books that I believe will help millions of people. To leave this Earth and feel like I didn't fulfill my purpose while I was alive would be the ultimate "Holey Underwear" scenario for me.
Every unaccomplished goal or important thing is like another hole.
So let's play a little game of truth or dare. The truth is, we all have things that we wouldn't want to be "caught dead" without accomplishing or leaving our loves ones with to handle.
I dare you to start living life being aware that one day you will die and work to have as little "holes in your underwear" as possible.