Take Lance Armstrong, for example.
A cyclist on the International stage, he developed a few physical symptoms that sent him to the doctor. In 1996, he was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer that had metastasized to his brain and lungs. Already coughing up blood, his doctors gave him a 40% survival rate.
Determined to fight for his life, Lance underwent both brain and testicular surgery in addition to extensive chemotherapy.
A few years later, cancer-free, he won the Tour de France in 1999. And again in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. A record-setting seven straight years.
He’s not the only one who has survived a brush with death and gone on to live life to the full. A quick Google search led me to a collection of over one hundred articles about “My second chance at life: True stories about facing death.”
What about you? How would facing death make you appreciate life? Would it make you more enthusiastic about the mundane? How would you live differently if you “lived like you were dying?”