Did you have a good world when you died?

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors posed this profound question to the world. In his poetic recordings he asked; “Did you have a good world when you died, enough to base a movie on?” How prophetic, considering that a movie has been made about the life of Jim Morrison. The movie “The Doors”, by Oliver Stone, told the story of Jim’s exciting and tormented life. Sadly, Jim died early and was found dead in his bathtub while living in Paris due to heart failure brought on by drugs and alcohol. Jim had a world enough to base a movie on. And you?

This is a great question to ask yourself as you go through life. Think about it, as if you were writing an autobiography about an amazing person who left an impact in the world. Like all stories, there will be triumph and tragedy. There will be people whose lives you have positively influenced. No story would be complete without a protagonist bent on harming you or making life difficult for you, even if you realize that has sometimes been your own protagonist. The most important point to ask yourself about your story is, “What’s the theme.”

I want to know in my story that I helped shape my children’s lives positively and that people around me felt good in my presence. I want to know that my books, speeches and writings have helped change someone’s life or prevented someone from committing suicide. I want to know that despite going down the wrong path many times, I put myself back on track and worked hard to impact the world I lived in. I want to have seen the world and meet people from all over the world. I want to make connections and break down barriers between people, cultures and countries. I want to stop and enjoy the beauty that is out there in the world and help others find it too. My book or movie should be a positive story that is more exciting than fiction.

Think about your life and think about how it should be before you die. Then ask yourself the question; “What am I doing right now to make that story happen?” “Am I striving to live life to the fullest, or am I just floating through it?” These are questions you need to ask yourself daily to keep you on track. You don’t have to cure cancer or build an empire to make your world a good movie. You just have to look to do good for others and live according to what your passions ask you to do. Now go make your movie, day after day. Constantly create new storylines, locations and characters for your movie. Look for ways to make it better and better, until the director yells “Cut.”