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Last Monday, my aunt passed away. My cousins lost their mom, my uncle lost his wife, and my Aunt Becky and mom lost their sister.

Death hasn’t occurred too much in my family. I am not a religious person, so I can’t say with certainty what happens after this life. But what I can say, what I am reminded of when someone we love leaves this earth, is that we should live life before we die. Here’s how…

Soak up Your Family. How much time are you spending with those you love?

Fall in Love. What are you doing to make more room for love in your heart?

Smile More. How much do you smile?

Travel Often. Where in the world do you want to go? Go there!

Share Your Feelings. Don’t hold them in. Share what you feel and believe!

Take a Break. Take time to breathe in the air and really see your surroundings. Give thanks for what you have!

Live Your Life, Not Someone Else’s. Are you living the life that is true to you?

Create a Bucket List. What do you want to do before you die?

Actually Start Your Bucket List. What are you doing to check things off the list?

Volunteer More. How do you give back on a regular basis?

Make Money but Don’t Let it Consume You. Money gives us options, but are you too consumed with it?

Be Adventurous. When is the last time you have done something adventurous and fun?

Create Something That Helps Others. What are you doing to offer your talents to the world? Will the world be better off once you leave?

Dream… Then Go After Them. Please, please dream! The world belongs to those who dream and take action! The bigger your dream, the more you give the world! So please, please dream!

There is a saying that, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die!” I don’t know what the next life will look like, but for now I want you and me to live our lives before we leave this earth!

I want more people to have fun, enjoy family time, and work to accomplish something bigger than themselves! Live life, live today, and as always…

Dream BIG,

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Paula Howley says:

    So sorry for your loss Ryan. These are good words of advice.

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Thank you Paula! She was a great lady and I am glad she is no longer in pain.

  • Marc Gabris says:

    Touching post Ryan with great advice! Way to always make something good out of something sad.

  • Kellie Grill says:

    OH MY GOSH this is soooooooooooooooooooooo good!!! THANKS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION FOR US ALL TO DREAM BIG!!!! I love your philosophy and your amazing expertise on how to LIVE life!!!! You are wonderful and I’m honored to know you and have you as a friend!!! GREAT ADVICE AND WISDOM especially for the new year!! love and blessing, Kellie Grill PS. so sorry for your loss of your aunt. she sounds like she was wonderful!

  • Kavi says:

    Hi Ryan,
    My sincere condolences. I appreciate you sharing these precious advice. Thanks again.Kavi

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