To live like you were dying

He said I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me
When a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days, looking at the X-rays
Talking about the options and talking about sweet times.
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, what did you do?

He said:
I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 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 someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying.
 - Tim McGraw