The Secret to Being Immortal

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You’re going to die. Not now. But eventually.

You’ll be remembered by your children. Your grandchildren. And if you’re lucky, maybe even your great-grandchildren. Beyond that generation, you will end up like most of us wandering the Earth. Completely forgotten. As if you were never even here.

All of that effort you put in at school. The years you spent building your career. The relationships. The experiences. And the memories. All for nothing. The seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months and years that added up to your life. Gone. For most of us.

This is not another diatribe on how to live each day as if it were your last. Quite the opposite actually. That theory makes for a great Nickelback song, but is hardly a feasible way to live. If today was your last day would you really spend most of it at work? Would you bother to read this post? Would you even be able to function knowing that you were about to die? Of course not. And even if you were able to go through your life that way, in the end the result is the same. You’re dead.

Instead, what I’m suggesting is that you live each day as if it was your first. To wake up every morning with a clean slate. Freedom from your past. Unlimited possibility.

Every single day.

Imagine What Life Would Be Like…For Us All

What could you accomplish by approaching each day from that perspective? I don’t know. But I have to believe that it is something extraordinary. Something that makes a difference. That leaves your footprint on the earth. Permanently.

Something that changes the world and the people on it for generations.

And it’s a good thing because we’re ready for it. We need you. We need a modern day Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone for Steve Jobs to pass the torch to. The next Mother Theresa to help our sick and hungry.

That’s how you become immortal.

There is no magic potion that will help you live forever. We were made to expire. It’s part of the deal. It’s what constantly reminds us that we don’t have forever to get done what we need to get done. But just because we can’t live forever doesn’t mean we can’t live forever.

Who Out There Is Going To Step Up?

We owe a debt of gratitude to those that stood before us. People like John Lennon, Rosa Parks and Princess Diana. Leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and John F. Kennedy. Those that forced us to see the world differently like Walt Disney and Helen Keller. People that have lived well beyond their years. And will continue to live well beyond their years. Because they did something. They left their mark.

And that can be you. You can step up and make a stand for something important. Stop an injustice. Help where no one else wants to help. Stand for those that can’t stand by themselves. Create something. Write something. Inspire someone. Make the world laugh. Make the world cry.

Or just make the world OK again.

We Need You To Change The World For All Of Us

I get it. It’s a lot to ask. Probably way too much. Most of you reading this are not going to give it a second thought. You’ll finish reading this post. Love it. Hate it. Maybe leave a comment. Maybe share it and pass the responsibility onto someone else.

And that’s OK.

But there is someone out there reading this. And that person is going to do something legendary. Maybe this post will be the match that lights the fire. Maybe this post will be just what they need at a point when they start to lose faith. Maybe this post will give them the confidence to keep pushing forward.

Maybe. Or maybe not.

All I know is that there is someone out there. Someone that has the passion, the strength and the vision to change things. And I challenge them. Right here and right now.

Be immortal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/earthquakemcgoon Harold Coombs

    Very inspiring, very well said.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Thanks Harold! I appreciate you checking it out and leaving a comment!

  • http://www.websitebegin.com Joe Boyle

    In his commencement address to Stanford University, Steve Jobs said, “If you live each day as if it were your last, one day you’ll certainly be right”. He also went on to mention how the threat of dying at a young age encouraged him to make the biggest choices in life. Simply because when facing death, embarrassment, fear, and other associated emotions fade.

    On another note, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change”. I’m quiet surprised that you insist on looking to others to change the world, Marc. Didn’t peg you as somebody who didn’t reserve that challenge for yourself.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Who said anything about my ONLY looking to others? I could use the help of a small army. That’s where you come in. Are you up for it?

      I do eat my own cooking you know. Most of the time anyway.

      • http://www.websitebegin.com Joe Boyle

        Well, this is a tad bit awkward, then. I was going to recruit you by force. :3

        And you do that? Risky idea, man. I wouldn’t trust your cooking in my stomach. I value life. I kid, I kid.

        • AnitaHovey

          Neither would I…especially since he readily admits to eating worms on Twitter.

  • andrea schielka

    Inspiring, thankyou

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Thank you Andrea!

  • Marc Zazeela

    Very cool, Marc. You are right about the last day of your life. I certainly would not be reading this, in fact I would not be anywhere near a computer.

    On the other hand, if this were the first day of my life, I would be so excited to try all the new things that the world put before me. I would want to see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and touch everything. I would lust for more and more new and exciting experiences and I would go out and find them.

    Incredible way to think!

    Cheers,
    Marc

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Thanks Marc! I appreciate the comment! It does make you think doesn’t it? So, what next?

  • http://twitter.com/mightyrenegade themightyrenegade

    Sooooo, you’re not recommending cryogenics? What do I do with all the dry ice?
    Great piece. Going out to do something legendary. Right now.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Awesome…can’t wait to hear about it!

      Oh and problem with cryogenics is freezer burn. Once they figure out how to get you back, you end up smelling like old turkey burgers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/777productions Deon Fialkov

    Definitely an interesting perspective… You’ve caught my attention…guess I’ll browse your other blog posts and subscribe to your feed…

    I love a creative mind… :D

  • http://twitter.com/John_C John C

    I’ve facilitated numerous support groups for years using the same “…if just one person ‘gets it’” approach. Luckily technology changed…it’s legal to read your blog post aloud from an iPad.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Hi John! Thanks for the comment…and especially for facilitating those support groups. Sounds ilk eyou are one of the good ones. You have my blessing to stand on top of the tallest mountain and read this post out loud if you think it might help someone!

  • dianebrogan

    Well said Marc. We do need more people to be cheerleaders for life.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Thank you Diane! The true challenge comes in not only working on yourself but raising your kids and teaching them to see the world differently. Breaking their old patterns. As a parent I feel a constant obligation to teach them better and from what i understand that never goes away.

  • http://twitter.com/KittyKilian Kitty Kilian

    Or just be happy, for goodness sakes.
    We don’t all have to become Seth Godin, do we?

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Nope! There are those out there that will change the world for the rest of us. This is written for them.

  • Immortal in Brazil

    Estou com 61 anos, aparencia de 23, enfim, imortais existem, não somos uma população grande, não sei quantos existem, estou aprendendo atualmente a técnica de teletransporte físico, talvez um dia a gente se encontre, até lá.

    • http://www.marcensign.com/blog Marc Ensign

      Translated, this is what it says I think:

      I’m 61 years old, 23 appearance, finally, there are immortal, we are not a large population, do not know how many there are, I’m currently learning the technique of physical teleportation, maybe one day we’ll meet up there.

      Either Google translate is off or there are some new advancements in teleportation that i don’t know about. Either way, pretty cool!