Sunday, July 15, 2007

“Live as if each day can be the last day of your life”

Live as if each day can be the last day of your life, Nietzsche says. Well, I like running a lot, in that way that I like to train each day and that I do train each day. I like especially to train as hard as possible. Therefore, if today would be the last day of my life, I would train as hard as possible. However, my experience says that it is quite possible that after today there will be another day. From experience I also know that if I train really as hard as possible today, I cannot train tomorrow. When I was young, I could train a bit then at least, but now I am older I cannot do it any longer. If I would train as hard as I could, I could not do one step tomorrow. But okay, Nietzsche was a wise man and on the last day of your life the best you can do is follow the advice of a wise man. Therefore, this day, now that I have read his advice, I train as hard as possible.
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Now it is tomorrow, because I survived yesterday. Today I want to live again as if it would be the last day of my life. On the last day of my life, I want to train as hard as possible. But I cannot train at all! How stupid Nietzsche’s advice is in the light of my experiences.

5 comments:

krishna said...

really very nice blog....
helped m while i was reevaluating my purpose of life. thanks

HbdW said...

Thank you for telling me. It is nice that this blog was so useful for you.
HbdW

Grace said...

I would like to look at this statement from another point of view: enjoy the life, as if it were your last day, don't postpone your amazement of life's wonders.
Literally, one cannot eat all the food, experience all the goodness that life has to offer or do other things on the principle of "everything and now". Personally, I'm not in a hurry to live my life full and reach just today (I'm not that greedy. :) I think it's not healthy and I restrain myself.
I think it was an allegory.

Grace said...

Don't postpone things that can be done today. Distinguish the priority business and do something little by little every day. The main thing is not to bring the case to the point of absurdity and nonsense. :))

HbdW said...

Thank you for a reaction, Grace. The problem for me with statements like this is that they have no sense for me. For me it's simply a platitude and I cannot use it as a guideline. If your interpretation is right, I would at least reformulate the original statement by Nietzsche, but I think that life is too complicated to summerize in one statement or a simple rule of life.