Chip Martens — Ten Things

By Paul Baribeau

Name ten things you want to do before you die
And then go do them
Name ten places you really want to be before you die
And then go to them
Name ten books you want to read before you die
And then go read them
Name ten songs you want to hear again before you die
Get all your friends together and scream them

Because right now all you have is time, time, time
But someday that time will run out
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about

Think of all the things that are wrong with your life
And then fix them
Think of all the things that you love about your life
Be thankful you are blessed with them
Think of all the things that hold you back
And realize that you don’t need them
Think of all the mistakes you have made in your life
Make sure that you never repeat them

Because right now all you have is time, time, time
But someday that time will run out
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about

Name 10,000 reasons you never want to die
Go and tell someone who might’ve forgotten
Try to list the endless reasons why it’s good to be alive
And then just smile for a while about them

Soon the sun will rise and another day will come
Soon enough the sun will set another day will be gone
And right now all you have is time, time, time
But someday that time will run out
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about