I used to be an optimist, actually more like a Pollyanna. Everything was always great – I only saw the positive in situations and ignored the uncomfortable, negative stuff. Now I’m a realist. I accept what is, and recognize what’s out of my control, and then choose to respond in areas where I do have control. You see, realism is accepting what is. The opportunity that’s often missed is then choosing something new in the next moment, in response to what is. It doesn’t mean giving up, or rolling over and playing dead.
Activist Dave Pollard writes in his “how to save the world” blog:
No one is in control. The enemy, if there is one, is not a cabal of elites, but a set of co-dependent collapsing systems that every one of us has a vested interest in trying (insanely) to perpetuate. Systems we have all helped co-create and are almost all dependent on…The question we must each ask ourselves, I think, is this: If we acknowledge that our systems and hence our civilization cannot be reformed or ‘saved’, what can we do now that will make a real difference, for the future, in our communities and for those we love?…The insanely rational answer to this question, I think, is (a) probably nothing, and (b) it’s too early to know.
I disagree with Dave
What we can do is live like we’re dying.
Because we are all dying; we just don’t know when. So why not live like it’s your last months on earth?
Live like your life matters
Activism doesn’t have to mean huge initiatives that shift gigantic gorilla systems a mere millimeter. Activism can be living your life the way you want the world to be and modelling that for others to follow.
I’ve adapted this list from Bronnie Ware’s book “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying“, to give you…
The Rules to Live By (So You Don’t Take Regrets to the Grave)
1. Live true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
2. Stop working so hard.
3. Find the courage to express your feelings
4. Stay in touch with your friends
5. Let yourself be happier
I challenge you to find ONE good reason to not do the above 5 things. It doesn’t matter if the human race is facing near-term extinction or if you’re going to live another 50 years, there is no reason to go to the grave with regrets about not having done these things.
So… live like you’re dying.
Live life like it matters
If you found out you had cancer and had just months to live, what would you change?
If you were living in a war-torn country and never knew when it would be your last day, what would you say or do differently?
If you were a member of species that was addicted to fossil fuels and were irreversibly destroying the only planet you had to call home, how would you change your life??
Let’s get this party started shall we?!
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