An interesting byproduct of my waining belief in an afterlife has been a deep sense of urgency and a vivid appreciation for just how fleeting the time we’ve been allotted is.
Believing you only have this one opportunity, this one set of 3 billion heartbeats, makes a positively deep impression on you.
It begs you to live life with a desperate earnest and a deep presence.
This is it.
There is no second take, no extension, no encore, for a life well lived.
The only reward for a life well lived, is a life well lived.