Personal: My answer to Oprah
There are not many things we know for sure.
If you know me, you know I love Oprah. One day, I hope to be interviewed by Oprah, and when she asks me her classic question: "What do you know for sure?" I will answer:
"The only thing I know for sure is that you, Oprah, and me, Ann Swanson, and everyone we know, will die."
Yes, it is morbid, but it is also exhilarating. That means that this moment is meaningful. Our impact on the world and universe depends on how we embrace (or fight against) this moment.
We only have about 30,000 days here on earth. That is less than half the number of seats in the Super Bowl stadium.
I think about THIS ARTICLE a lot, which lists the top 5 most common dying regrets:
1. I wish I had stayed true to myself.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I had expressed my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with friends.
5. I wish I had chosen to be happy.
How many days of that 30,000 do we waste worrying?
How often do we go against the flow, wasting our energy?
It is hard to accept things as they are sometimes. However, on my dying day, I hope that I can look back at my life and see a sense of serendipity, connection, and love.
Oprah, I know I will die and so will you. However, I will not be a salmon. I will stay true to myself and my calling. Right now, I sit in one of the 30,000 seats of the stadium of my life. This seat and this day is important. I will not spend it worrying. I am alive...for now.