What if Your Plane Was Going Down?
I’d like to ask you a very simple question, inspired by a brief few moments of my life. I was flying to Barcelona with three of my friends who were in my jazz quartet. We were flying there to join a large cruise ship and play jazz on-board for a month in the Mediterranean, and on the flight we came across a few minutes of rough turbulence (probably the most I’ve ever experienced). As I looked around I could see people scared in their seats, and I could tell that there were a lot of uneasy people. In that moment I realized that I was perfectly peaceful and content, and even though I cannot test this until I am actually placed in a life-threatening situation, in that moment I believed that if the plane went down I would be perfectly happy to die. I didn't want to die, but I was ready. At that time in my life I was traveling and doing what I loved, and many of my faults and vices were under control, and I felt like my life was well lived. So my question to you is this; If your plane was going down, would you be content with the life you have lived?
The Stoic Philosopher Seneca said that “it’s only when you’re breathing your last that the way you've spent your life will become apparent.” Isn't that the question that we should be constantly asking ourselves? Have you lived the best life that you could? Did you reach your true potential? Did you love? Did you explore? Did you give everything that you could have? I don’t want to say much more, except that I want you to keep that question in your mind and ponder on it; If your plane was going down would you be content with the life you have lived? Or in other words, is your life worthy of death? If your life ended right now would it have been like a beautiful symphony, full of ups and downs and now resolving on a beautiful note? Ask yourself those questions daily and soon it will become apparent to you if you are living in the way that you wish, or if you are not being all that you can be. A question like this is always helpful for those who wish to live a life that is worthy of admiration and respect, and if you will think about this daily and act on your feelings then you’ll soon know how it feels to rise to the good life.