We just finished touring the Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico, and what an extraordinary experience. The museum houses a collection of over 100 mummified bodies discovered during numerous different burial excavations. Because of the soil composition, instead of completely decaying into the earth, these are quite well preserved. As you are reading this I know what you’re thinking, maybe the same thing I thought before going. Who wants to go see a bunch of under-decomposed bodies? How ghoulish can you get? And yet, my husband and I agreed if this was part of the culture here in Mexico, and Guanajuato specifically, then we’d go.
What I walked away with was a thought-provoking and deeper appreciation for the Mexican people and how they approach death. It’s not in a horror-filled, scary state, never to be discussed. Instead it is an appreciation as an extension of life; much talked about, joked in some instances, and even celebrated with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. There is a much stronger connection between the living and the dead than I have ever experienced while growing up in the US.Can you truly say, “I have lived my life to the fullest!”? #ClearPathForward #abundantlife #Women #midlife #transition Click To Tweet
Throughout the museum are strategically placed quotes regarding death and living, to add to the experience of examining petrified bodies. The quote from William Wallace, posted towards the end of labyrinth of hallways, summed up the experience: “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” Oh so true. Death is inevitable for us all. As my stepdad used to joke, especially after some catastrophic hospital visit, “Well at least I’m not six feet under.” Humor in the face of the inevitable next stage. Of course, depending on your religious persuasion, you may believe in a life hereafter, coming back in a different state, or some other path after our time here is finished. In all cases though, it is very clear that the body and consciousness that you are currently occupying will for all intents and purposes be done.
My question for you is simply this — Can you truly and satisfactorily say to yourself, “I have lived my life to the fullest!”? If yes, congratulations and keep at it. Each day is precious and treasure every single moment. If not, what in the heck are you waiting for? The excuses I have heard, both in my practice and amongst friends:
- I have too many responsibilities
- Right now is just not the right time to think about what I really want to do
- I’m too busy because of . . . (fill in the blank)
- I can’t do anything until after . . . (fill in the blank)
- I have a plan, I just can’t seem to take action
A few days ago I met an expat from the United States here in Guanajuato. She candidly spoke of her bout with cancer, and someone asked her, “Are you afraid to die?” Her reply, “No, I’m not scared to die. I’m terrified I won’t have the chance to actually live.” She then shared that, after her husband’s death and her own near-death experience, she packed her bags and decided to start living her life to the fullest. Her journey since that time has been one I would characterize as courageous, exciting, nail-biting, and on-the-edge. She’s living life to the fullest, every single day.
What will it take for you to live your life to the fullest? What steps do you need to take to make your dreams a reality? Even if you only take a baby step forward each and every day, make it count. Let me share with you, even if you don’t believe it, that your dreams and wishes for a life fulfilled are worthy and precious. Don’t let another day pass without pursuing them –start NOW!
ACTION: What is the one mini step (or giant leap) you can take tomorrow to begin your journey to living a life to its fullest? Schedule it in your calendar and make it happen.
Kathy Hart’s driving passion is human change and transformation. Her goal is to provide professional women in midlife (ages 40 – 65) with the support and resources needed to re-imagine and lead even more abundant, joy-filled and purpose-driven lives. If you are a woman wanting to reclaim your voice, realize a long-held dream, or just live your life to the fullest, take concrete action by contacting Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The choice is yours!
Services that Kathy offers:
- 1:1 coaching to support the next journey into your midlife transition
- Trusted advisor for leaders navigating work changes and requiring an expert guide
- Speaking and workshops on human change and transformation
- Small group work and team development to boost the group’s performance