Think of yourself as dead
“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly. What doesn’t transmit light creates its own darkness.” - Marcus Aurelius
What would happen if you knew this was your last week alive? Would it change your perspective on things? Would you focus on things you’ve been delaying, while letting go of others that take lots of your energy today?
There have been a few moments in life where I thought I was done for. Those moments are the “reset” buttons I needed right at that time.
They’ve helped me realize where I had to let go of unhealthy mindsets or habits, or when I was dedicating my time to something that was not valuable to me, or that I was living life by other people’s standards, and not my own.
Thankfully, you don’t need to have a life-or-death scare to perform those resets in your life. You can liberate yourself from your past. Be thankful for it, for you are who you are thanks to it, and tell it you are going to do things right from now on.
Your past then dies, and becomes memories and wisdom for your present, but is no longer a burden. In a way, you’ve died too, only to rise as a new person with a more explicit purpose and a different attitude.