Recipe for happiness

The Secret of Life: Die With Nothing

Recipe for happiness

I want to die with nothing. No money. No energy. No capacity to laugh, smile, love, hurt, fear, persevere. To die with nothing would mean I have used everything. I have laughed more than my body was meant to laugh, smiled more than my cheeks would let me, hurt more than my soul would allow, love more than my heart could bare, fear more than my whits could handle, and persevere when others would quit. To die with nothing would mean I have given my money to those who need it, and given my energy to causes that deserve it. To die with nothing will mean that I have lived with everything.

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  • turling

    Ooooh, yea, first one you got me to disagree on, but I see what you’re saying. Maybe I can throw in a caveat. I agree, but I will have already left my wealth to my kids. I’m all about the legacy. I will have nothing, but they will have what I want them to have. Which I believe is your point.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Exactly. It’s an over-simplified look at life. It was a part of another article that I ended up throwing on the cutting board. But I had to get it on the site. “I have given my money to those who need it” is the same as what you’re saying, in your case, and probably mine, our kids and family are those who we feel need it.

  • Green

    Chad!
    if you could pen an article on a come back.A real life come back.
    mean to say that when one wakes up and stops pursuing escape activities, decides to stop living half of the shadow self. And finds out that he is now old ,life has moved on.The activities or things that could have made him great are out of his reach now.
    He missed hundred’s of opportunities by sleep walking through the life …….
    How to start now , when one realizes that he has wasted a couple of years of his life
    ……. How not to feel down, how not to get spiraled back in the same slumber again.
    How to feel butterflies in the stomach and keep moving…
    Believe me chad.It will be of great help to us all…

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Let me think of a good one I could use. I think it’s a good idea for sure.

  • DaanG

    Holy shit, did you write this yourself!? Gave me goosebumbs! Very nice!

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      I did indeed – I’m sure someone’s said something like this before, if you find it, let me know. I’ve been searching but haven’t found anything yet.

  • Connor

    One of my favorite quotes of all time. “To die with nothing will mean that I have lived with everything.” Thanks for that.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      No problem Connor.

  • Lisa

    Wow – love this! Printed out at posted above my desk for a daily reminder.

    Goes along with my mantra “I want to live not just exist!”

    • Lisa

      oops! *and* posted not *at* posted – grrrr :)

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      That’s awesome Lisa!!