“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs
I don’t know if Steve Jobs was an Epicurean or not, but this is a very direct version of “carpe diem.” You are going to die. Soon, in the cosmic scale of time. What do you want to do before that happens?