Before I left the UK, a good friend of mine gave me the modern-day version of a mix tape. She bought me an iTunes voucher and created a playlist of music for me to buy with it. I’ve played it to death since I embarked on my travels, however, sat by the pool yesterday one song came on my iPod that I have obviously heard many times before but had never truly listened to.

It had a huge impact on me. So much so, that I wanted to share it with you.

Before you read and contemplate the lyrics below, listen to it here.

Ten Things – Paul Baribeau

Name ten things you wanna do before you die and then go do them.
Name ten places you really wanna be before you die and then go to them.
Name ten books you wanna read before you die and then go read them.
Name ten songs you wanna hear again before you die, get all of your friends together and scream them.

Because right now all you have is time time time yeah,
but someday that time will run out.
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about.

Think of all the things that are wrong with your life and then fix them.
Think of all the things that you love about your life, be thankful you are blessed with them.
Think of all the things that hold you back and realize that you don’t need them.
Think of all the mistakes you have made in your life, make sure that you never repeat them.

Because right now all you have is time time time yeah,
but someday that time will run out.
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about.

Name ten thousand reasons why you never wanna die, go and tell someone who might’ve forgotten.
Try to list the endless reasons why it’s good to be alive, and then just smile for a while about them.

Soon the sun will rise and another day will come.
Soon enough the sun will set, another day will be gone

and right now all you have is time time time yeah,
but someday that time will run out.
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about.

This song screamed out a call to action to me and I felt compelled to write these things down. It doesn’t take much to inspire me to make a list so it’s no surprise really, but I am firm believer in the power of writing down your dreams, goals and aspirations. For me there is something about seeing what you want to happen in life written down in black and white that not only make it feel more urgent but more real and for me more achievable.

I originally intended to share my lists of ten things with you but then I realized that I wanted you to hear this song like I did, with nothing but my own personal reaction to the power of its lyrics.

The only thing I am absolutely certain about is that life is both short and precious. I don’t want to die wondering what if. Do you? No I didn’t think so.

What one or ten things would you do right now if you knew that your time was nearly up? Please feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to hear if this song had an impact on you too. If you liked this post, please help me out by sharing it using one of the buttons below.

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