“It is not death that a man should fear, but rather he should fear never beginning to live.”
— Marcus Aurelius
Repopularized by Ryan Holiday, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, “The Daily Stoic,” stoicism is an ancient philosophy dating back to the third century BC. By using teachings from philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Seneca, stoicism promotes self-mastery, perseverance, and wisdom, in order to live a great life. Famous exponents of stoicism include Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The phrase, “memento mori,” translates directly to “remember you must die.” It’s understandable if you find this phrase mildly depressing. Awareness of the inevitability of death can bestow meaning to the time that we have. Acknowledging the fragility of life can motivate us to lead more purposeful lives.
Throughout the pandemic, daily death tolls could have heightened our sense of mortality. This may have created a sense of urgency to live more fulfilling lives, resulting in what’s been called The Great Resignation. Working from home (WFH) significantly reduced travel to work times and created the conditions for us to explore more fulfilling lives.
Most people defer living the life they want until they reach a certain net worth, or a future age or date to retire, without the benefit of a financial plan to validate their assumptions. Invariably, they may sacrifice the best days of the best years of their lives to continue working, while they defer living a more purposeful life.
At Ogorek, we believe there are five questions you must answer before retiring, one being “How will you spend your most precious currency – your time?” There’s no time like the present to begin living the life you want.