This morning, I was driving to Boston-Logan airport, listening to this podcast with Tim Ferriss interviewing a guy who founded Zen Hospice. My grandparents were part of hospice care before they passed on, and it got me thinking about dying.
I have never seen a dead body or watched someone die, but I am fascinated by the entire concept. In Baltimore, I met a woman whose husband goes around and picks up dead bodies. He would transfer the bodies to the morgue for them to be properly cared for while they transformed to the next part of their life. I asked her questions about it for over an hour.
Anyway, back on track about death and dying. Kate and I have discussed dying many times before, but now that I have a new baby, I wanted to ask myself again.
Am I afraid to die at the age of 33 in 2016?
The answer is no. I am not someone who thinks they are going to die young. Fun fact: Did you know Tupac knew he was going to die young?
I actually believe I am going to live until 101. Kate is going to live to 101 as well, and we will die within hours of each other.
I have no idea how I will act if death was going to happen today because it is really something you have to experience, and no one can predict how they will act in that moment.
Here are a few reasons why I am not afraid to die:
1. Our business – I know it will continue to bring income in whether I am working it or not. I know my girls will be taken care of financially.
2. Infinite banking – We have positioned ourselves with a great plan if we happen to pass. Once again the girls are supported financially.
3. Health – My girls are healthy and they have each other as well as family and friends around them for support.
4. Cutting expenses – Kate and I have been really focused on reducing our monthly nut over the past two months, allowing us to focus on what we really care about in our life. Plus this goes with the previous posts about money and being secured financially.
5. Living for the future – About a year ago, I focused on living for the present instead of living for the future. This is hard because we live in a culture where we chase the more, more, more game. I realized that is how I was living my life, and it was crushing my present reality.
6. Ego – About a year ago, I sat down to reflect on what is important in my life. I realized about 50% of everything I was looking to create or I “wanted’ in my life was to support this ego of mine. My life purpose has changed. I am not 100% sure what it is yet, but I’m getting there.
7. Experiences/Adventures – I value these more than anything else, and they have created a life I dreamed of when I was a little boy. Dreams do come true. Put in the work.
8. Family – Kate and I created it with Penelope. Watching Kate grow, labor, and birth our child – holy smokes, that was amazing. The power of women – WOW!
9. Home – I found it in Maine.
10. Kate – You are my everything. I love you so much. The greatest day of my life was when we started our life together on February 2, 2011, in the Buffalo Airport. We took a chance, and holy smokes, it paid off.
These are some of the reasons I am not afraid to die. Yes, I have so much to complete in my life, and dreams I want to accomplish. I know, I will die before I do all of them. The list is literally endless.
I have lived, I am living, and I will continue to live. Life, up to this point, is complete.
How do you feel about dying?
Mike Watts is an entrepreneur, speaker, husband, and father.
Before becoming an all around badass by radically reinventing his own life, he used to work for Phillip Morris. Today, he shows business owners how to expand their choices, do less and create the financial lives they want.