Do you make plans? Do you restrain yourself? Do you delay something for later (when kids have grown, when house has been paid off, when I have a real job…)? If you answered yes to any of those, the post is for you.
It will hurt. Proceed at your own risk.
Do the following:
- Get as drunk as you can.
(Cheap, mind-smashing swill will work best. Mixing hard liquor and light alcoholic beverages is optional, but highly recommended.)
- Drink some more.
The goal is to black out so you remember nothing when your wake up.
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Feeling really, really bad?
Can you feel that vacuum growing in your chest, as you are wondering what stupid things you did yesterday? Or wait, it wasn’t yesterday, it was BEFORE yesterday. You lost an entire day of your life doing… Doing… Doing what? The phone says you met a few people and said a few things that you, God knows, never meant. It’s not even WHAT you said that matters, it’s that you said it and it cannot be unsaid. Who knows what else you did? Where is your wallet? The keys? Oh no, you had a crucial interview scheduled for 11am yesterday. You missed it, obviously. Your reputation is at the Dead Sea level.
The only realization pulsing in your poor mind is that whatever you did, cannot be undone. And this feeling is the purpose of our exercise.
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Please ignore the situation — it’s only that morning feeling that is important.
This is the closest a human being can get to experiencing the life review without going through full-scale near-death experience.
It is very painful to regret 1 day worth of stuff that cannot be done, redone, or undone. If an average man lives 75 years, then on your death bed it will be 75 * 365 = 27,375 times more painful to regret things that cannot be done, redone, or undone.
Live now, because this is what you are not supposed to do.
Live now, because you don’t know when your time is up.