What Are You Holding Back From?

I want to break away from the typical money topics today and share with you the lyrics to one of my favorite songs of all time, Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying.

If you’re not a fan of Country, it’s likely that you’ve never heard this tune before. I encourage you to have a listen:

(If you can’t see the video, go directly to my site to see this post).

He said: “I was in my early forties,
With a lot of life before me,

And a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days,
Looking at the x-rays,
And talking ’bout the options and talkin’ ‘bout sweet time.
I asked him when it sank in,
That this might really be the real end?
How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?

Man whatd’ya do?

I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.

And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.
And he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,

To live like you were dying.”

He said “I was finally the husband,
That most the time I wasn’t.

And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And all of a sudden goin’ fishin’,
Wasn’t such an imposition,
And I went three times that year I lost my Dad.
Well, I finally read the Good Book,
And I took a good long hard look,
At what I’d do if I could do it all again,

And then:


Like tomorrow was a gift,
And you got eternity,

To think about what you’d do with it.
An’ what did you do with it?
An’ what can I do with it?

An’ what would I do with it?


This week, think about these questions:

  • What frivolous things are you spending your money on?
  • Are you funding the things you love in life?
  • Do you know where your financial heart is? Are you doing something about it?

One thought on “What Are You Holding Back From?

  1. I hate this song. It is a good song, but I HATE IT! It came out when my husband was in and out of the hospital and going on short and long term disability with end stage liver AND kidney disease. He WAS dying. He did manage to survive, but we are struggling with the debt from the liver/kidney transplant he had (December 31,2006) and bills we are STILL paying to this day! And we had good insurance! We are now down to owing just less than $900 on the whole experience, but we had to move because of his job transfer out of state, so the house is up for short sale and eventual foreclosure and we may still owe over $150,000. God do I cry every night. To have made it through what we went through to only have to go through this.
    Frivolous spending, I buy half and half for my coffee.
    Things I love, my husband is still alive!
    Where is my financial heart? I need to get out of debt.

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