“When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.” – Ancient Sanskrit saying
Last week Todd, founder of We The Change, challenged me to write my own eulogy. In his words, “although morbidly sounding, this exercise can be quite powerful and help you generate a crystal clear vision of how you want your life to turn out.” So here it goes….
The Change Blog Founder Dies…..
Today the world said goodbye to a man that dared to live a big life.
After a few years of drifting in his late teens and early twenties, Peter decided he wanted to live forever. Not in the literal sense, but rather by leaving behind a legacy that would last longer than his 100 years on Earth. Having made this decision, Peter turned his back on mediocrity and went on to live a life of greatness and contribution – at home, at work, and in the community.
It was the news, and eventual birth, of his first son Xavier that inspired Peter to change his life. In April 2007, Peter founded the self improvement blog thechangeblog.com as a way to share his message that anyone can live a happy and meaningful life, if they choose to do so.
That same year, Peter relocated from Australia to Vancouver. He initially struggled with the prospect of being on the other side of the world to his family. Instead, he used this as inspiration to unshackle himself from the typical 9 to 5 cubicle existence and join what Tim Ferriss called the “New Rich” – those who can, and do, live anywhere.
This year of change Peter experienced in 2007 proved to be just the beginning of what would be an eventful life. Peter had multiple careers (all of which helped people live better lives and realize their full potential), had numerous adventures (both big and small), and lived in numerous countries.
But perhaps the greatest difference Peter made was to the lives of those close to him. In an era when divorce was the norm, Peter and his sweetheart Kathryn did live happily ever after for 75+ years. He was also the proud father of three children, all of whom have gone on to live notable lives. And since he had the means and time to live anywhere, he stayed incredibly close to his family in Australia.
Peter truly did live a life of greatness – he lived, he loved, he learned. And while his physical form has left us on this day, his legacy will live on forever…..
I can honestly say that in the week since I started working on this article, my vision for what I want to do with my life has become clearer. So I definitely recommend this exercise of writing a eulogy to others. Here are a few specific bloggers I would like to see write a eulogy:
Cathy from Ripples of Improvement
Kathmandau from Into The Mist
Ellesse from Goal Setting College
Scott from Scott Andrew Bird