Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Not on My Deathbed

"On their death bed no one ever says I wish I would have worked more."

I find this hard to believe and a little bit sad. I hope there are people left for whom the opposite of this is true. On their death bed they utter if I only had more time I could have cured cancer. If I only had more time I could have patented, started a company, built great things. I hope that there are reservoirs of potential and dreams of greatness with us still...even in our final hour.

If the answer is no then our ability to achieve is limited and can be exhausted and we have nothing to fear from death as it is already with us.

I would hope that the opposite of that quote is the truth that peoples brushes with death would lead them to see that time is finite and we should build, produce, dream and create that which will out live us.

Right now although I am not on my death bed. I wish I would have been more diligent in the past. This is my inspiration to work even harder in the future.

I refuse to believe that my imagination and ability to contribute can ever be exstinguished or that if I enslaved and surpressed my ability for the sake of others I would be more joyful.

Which is what that quote is asking me to believe.

This statement has an undercurrent that work is bad and play is good. Uttered usually by the same people who say play is sin...so now you are really stuck. Work is bad and play is sin so have a seat on the couch turn on the TV and wait for your turn on the deathbed.

I on the other hand have work to do...

7 comments:

Kyra Sutra said...

On my death bed I'm going to say, "I wish I'd gotten to have a hot, raunchy threesome with Brian and Rocket."

And then I shall die bitterly.

Bill From Gainesville said...

People will disapoint, but on my death bed, I just hope someone is with me when I go out...and I am not going to regret working, although I am sure I will regret not doing a whole lot of other stuff... its the things we DONT do that we regret the most...

90hazelnut said...

Brian, that's exactly what my spouse says! He maintains that surely there Is a person who wishes he Had spent more time in the office! (Perhaps my father was such a person ...)
As for the raunchy threesome, I am too old for Brian, but an old lady can keep her memories ... I would like to be there "if in spirit only" ...

Mags said...

I see what you're saying, and I agree with the work ethic and stiving toward something better, but I don't think that's what this saying means. I think it means that as they are looking back on their lives they wish they'd laughed more, had more fun...worn leg warmers in public.

That sort of thing, ya know?

90hazelnut said...

Well, that saying is a well-known saying that has become part of the public consciousness. That's why we're playing around with it. But your point is of course acknowledged.
Brian, thanks for visiting one of my sites today. Bless you for ministering unto an old lady! ;-)

EC said...

I certainly won't regret not working more, but I may regret not having a job that gives me more happiness and satisfaction!

Reggie said...

Welcome to your thirties, my friend. This is when you start to question everything.

On my death bed I hope to regret nothing. Except maybe that phase when I listened to Jimmy Buffet.