Live Like You Were Dying

This weekend, I perused the aisles of Barnes and Nobles amidst a crowd of very eager and happy shoppers.  Every where I looked there were happy people.  Happy families, happy couples in love, happy kids, happy friends and even happy dogs.  As I strolled in slow motion through the crowd of suffocating happiness I was trailed by a solo spotlight of drowned-out sadness.  The world seemed to be on fast forward.  I lifted my lead feet slowly, each step took me around the bargain aisles past many books of a thousand words and of places that I would rather be.  I was stopped and my interest piqued by an interestingly titled book.

Live Like You Were Dying.  It’s a short story inspired by and based on a Tim McGraw song of the same title.

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

He said I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me
And one moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days, looking at the x-rays
Talking bout’ the options and talking bout’ sweet times.
I asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end
How’s it hit ‘cha when you get that kind of news?
Man what did ya do?
He said

I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denyin’
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin’

He said I was finally the husband, that most the time I wasn’t
And I became a friend, a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden goin’ fishin, wasn’t such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
Well I finally read the good book, and I took a good long hard look
At what I’d do if I could do it all again
And then

I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Shu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denyin’
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin’

Like tomorrow was the end
And ya got eternity to think about what to do with it
What should you do with it
What can I do with it
What would I do with it

Skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And man I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I watched an eagle as it was flyin’
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin’

To live like you were dyin’

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