On Living Each Day As If It’s My Last

Michael David Wilson On Living Each Day

Just under two weeks ago I took a ride in an ambulance, the next day I took a second. I’ve spoken a little bit about what happened on the This Is Horror Podcast. You can listen to it here if you like. 

Before my trip to the hospital, I assumed I would live decades longer. And although I used to say things like ‘make the most of each day’ and ‘don’t take anything for granted’, I did take my health and the very notion of living for granted. Whilst it looks like—fingers crossed—things will work out okay, I really don’t take any day for granted anymore. I do consider that each day might well be my last. It’s made me more intentional and deliberate with my actions.

Today is my daughter’s first birthday and it’s just me and her. We’re making the most of it. Playing, laughing, and smiling together.

I’m living each day as if it’s my last but rather hoping it isn’t because there’s so much more I want to do, to give, and to experience.

Live, love, and be happy.

I hope you’re all having a great day.

Do What You Can

Michael David Wilson doing what he can

Doing what I can—all slinged-up with my little partner-in-crime.

Do what you can with the time, resources, and restrictions you have.

Never demand anymore. Never beat yourself up for not being able to achieve more than is possible.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a call to accept your limitations as permanent.

Do strive to improve your situation.

Do try to move the goal posts.

Do free up more time.

Do lessen restrictions.

Do maximise resources.

Since mid-March, my life has undergone a series of changes. My wife and I moved back from Japan, had our first daughter (three months old today), and have had no fixed abode since our return to the UK.

The new is exciting, the new is scary, the new is tough, sometimes agonising, other times beautiful.

But everything is transient.

And change is coming.

Change is always coming.

Next month we move to a new place, to our place, and the goal posts move once more.

The month after there’ll be more changes. And the month after. And the month that follows.

So remember, do what you can with the time, resources, and restrictions you have.

Never demand anymore. Never beat yourself up for not being able to achieve more than is possible.

And remember, you can do anything you want but you can’t do everything you want.