6 Ways to Live as If You Have 6 Months Left to Live

A couple weeks ago I was listening to my teacher, Wayne Dyer, in the car as usual. (It's either him or hip-hop. Go figure.) I was stuck in traffic, headed to Equinox to teach some yoga.
 
He said we should live our lives as if we have six months left to live.
 
Whoa! I immediately felt better in my gridlock. Hey traffic, you don't bother me anymore; screw you!
 
I am not trying to be Debbie Downer here or Mrs. Morbid. It's not a death sentence I am suggesting. It's your life sentence, your dharma. Wake up!
 
Dr. Dyer said that six months is a good time frame to work with, because at the end of life many have said that the whole thing feels like it was six months… or the blink of an eye.
 
How would you live? What would you do? Who would you be?
 
Here are some suggestions for living your life as if you only had six months left:
 
1) Stop caring so much what other people think. You know what Eleanor Roosevelt says: “You wouldn't worry what others think about you when you realize how seldom they actually do.”
 
2) Be Fearless.
 
3) Finish the book you're writing, or the project, or the whatever it is. At least start it! Start it! Go. Now!
 
4) Tell everyone you love how much you love them. Every day. A hundred times a day maybe. Kiss more.
 
5)  Never feel guilt again.
 
6) Stop beating yourself up. There's no time for it. The clock is ticking.
 
Say this out loud: I am taking this bull by the horns. Game on!
 
This is not a suggestion that you live without consequence, but rather with intention, with love, and with passion. Do what makes you thrive, what inspires you, what makes you come alive!
 
If we had only six months left:
  • We wouldn't give a flying hoot what anyone thought anymore.
  • We would be totally self-expressed.
  • We would do what felt good and right in our bodies. We would sleep an extra hour and play hookie from work. We would be present.
  • Curse more. (If you feel like it.)
  • Don't take sh*t anymore!
This exercise can easily slip into cliche. Avoid that trap. Stop what you are doing right now. Think truthfully about the answer/s.
 
Maybe you wouldn't do a damn thing differently. If this is the case, can we please go out for a glass of wine tomorrow night? You know where to find me. I want to surround myself with people who are living this way. Alive and on purpose.
 
In the comment section below share who you would be, what you would do, how you would live. But, more importantly, go out and live. Enjoy every flippin' moment, and laugh more (especially at yourself).


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About the Author

Jen Pastiloff is a writer living on an airplane. She travels the world with her signature Manifestation Yoga: On Being Human workshop/retreat. Featured in New York Magazine, Oprah.com & Good Morning America and published on Salon, Jezebel, The Rumpus, xojane, among others. Next retreat with availability: Labor Day in Ojai, Calif. Attend a workshop in your city by visiting jenniferpastiloff.com. Upcoming: Seattle, Los Angeles & London & Dallas.

Visit Jen's blog The Manifest-Station. On Facebook, Twitter & Instagram both at @jenpastiloff .

She & author Emily Rapp's Vermont writing retreat Oct 2014.

Jen is The Inspiration & Wellness expert for the new magazine Reimagine. Next up is Seattle in May.

All workshops listed here. The Manifestation Yoga® Workshop is an experience about life: unpredictable, sometimes messy, beautiful, human. Jen is currently finishing her first book, a memoir.

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