This lyric from the Jackie Greene song reminds us that death is right around the corner. The question is, what are you going to do with today, armed with that knowledge? Will you blithely continue to waste your time on anger, greed, guilt, worry, or other totally useless and destructive emotions? Or, will you get rational, and realize that there is too much to do? Too many moments are lost when we forget this. Look at everyone you meet today. Some of them are going to die today. Some of them are going to die tomorrow. Some of them are going to die next week. ALL of them are going to die. This isn't maudlin, it is reality. Not dealing with that reality is cheating yourself of what life you have left. It may have some drug like deadening quality; but, it is ultimately damaging to your personal being. Some of us learn this lesson too late. You don't need to.
"We’re all dying slow. “Let each thing you would do, say or intend be like that of a dying person,” said Marcus Aurelius. Because you are a dying person and the curtain will come down. And when it does, your regrets will be nothing. All that you’ll have is what you made in this life."
(Thanks to the Daily Stoic for this reminder) Daily Stoic