We all naturally take our life for granted. It seems the most natural thing on earth to think that our lives will last forever, that we are all immortal and that we have infinite time. Contrary to what some might say this is actually a good feeling. The feeling of immortality comes about because of a joyous pleasure that we feel about our lives and our situation in the present moment. We must sometimes remind ourselves though that we are only given a certain amount of years in this life and that we should take advantage of these years in the best way possible.
Feeling like an immortal is usually brought about by pleasure. To feel happiness and joy means that you do not experience lack, and as such you are not thinking about a termination to your joy or to your life experience. If this is the case then there is no reason why you should feel bad about this sense of abundance. A feeling of immortality can also come about though through a lack of perspective. This type of feeling of immortality is created when a person is focused too much on the wrong aspects of his or her life and does not take the time to enjoy and feel life as it is happening to him or her. Usually these type of people are lost in the drudgery of life, perhaps work or some kind of other responsibility, and forget to take the time to explore their own lives and their own freedoms.
The second type of immortal feeling can be quite dangerous. This feeling of immortality is not brought about through happiness or joy but through the loss in the focus needed to experience life properly. When this is the case you must stop for a minute and reevaluate what you are doing with your life. A person lost in this drudgery must takes learn to wake up to his life.
A great way to get yourself thinking in a different way is to:
1. First imagine that you have been told that you have six months to live; what do you do? Take a piece of paper and on it write exactly what you would do if you only had six months to live. On this paper also write down what you would say to others, especially your relatives and all the most important people in your life. Write down where you would go, whether you might take a trip or what you would like to see before you die. Also write down on the piece of paper what you would get done, what in your life is actually important enough that you would dedicate your next six months to it.
2. Imagine what it would be like if you won the lottery. Just as above perhaps, on the other side of this piece of paper, write down what you would do if you won the lottery. Again write down what you would do, what you would say to others, where you would go, and what would be really important for you to get done.
3. Do the same thing as above but this time imagining that you could not fail. What would you do if you could not fail at whatever you attempted. Again write down on a piece of paper exactly what you would do, say, and get done.
This is a wonderful way to create new perspective in the way that you have been thinking. Using this method you are able to imaginatively considered new possibilities, and in this way start to give attention to your life in a different way.
While life should be seen as a wonderful challenge in an infinite universe, you must always balance out these feelings with a touch of sobriety. This sobriety comes about through the realization that your physical existence is not infinite, and that you have only a certain amount of time here. Enjoy your time as best you can but learn to devote this time properly so that when you do reach the end of it, you will feel that you have accomplished all of the things that you wanted to do.