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“First you have to give up, first you have to know, not fear – know that someday you’re gonna die. ” – Tyler Durden from Fight Club.
One in many of the potentially life changing quotes that Tyler Durden states in the movie Fight Club. Coming to terms with your mortality is a necessary step in attempting to live life to the fullest. The more you comprehend how little time you have in life, and that you are gonna die, the more you appreciate the time you’re given.
This principle is key to doing something worthwhile with your time. It’s important to really know this. Do not fear death, since that keeps you afraid and less likely to take chances. Instead embrace that fact and accept it.
“What we do in life echoes in eternity” – Maximus from Gladiator.
Maximus, a man who has everything taken away from him, essentially saves Rome from a corrupt king, even though the odds were continuously stacked against him. He believed that he played a major role in history, and that his actions will influence the future forever and this seems to drive him to overcome all odds.
It is wise to stay humble and understand that we are not the center of the universe, but it’s also helpful to realize that our potential and our influence on the world, no matter how little, will continue to have ripple effects till the end of time. We all have our unique life circumstances, how we respond to them will change the future, for better or worse, no matter how slightly.
“Every man dies, but not every man truly lives” – William Wallace from Braveheart.
All the characters that are quoted here had everything taken away from them. They were given alternative roads to choose from, essentially an easy road or a hard road. By choosing the difficult route (but also what they thought to be right), they ended up living influential lives, which can be described as “truly living”.
It is easy to underestimate the little choices we make, but it is the small decisions we make, especially those that require courage, that end up changing the course of our lives. No matter how hard it gets, to continue living as true to the life you want as possible should be your goal. Fear should not hold you back.