Your Last Breath.

Your Last Breath.

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– (sighs) I want you
guys to start this video with just taking a simple breath. (inhales) (gentle music) Nothing special about it, you probably didn’t feel
any special emotion, it’s just another breath, another day. And to be honest, that’s
the way life typically is. We go about doing the daily things without really taking much notice of them. But what if I told you that that would be your very last breath? (gentle moving music) I can assure you you would feel a whole different range of emotions. You’d probably feel appreciative
for the air you breath, for the moment you were here. (gentle music) Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that every single moment
could be its last, it could be the last sunset you ever enjoy on a beach in Thailand, it could be the very final moment you get to say goodbye
to your best friend, and it could be your very last breath, your very last moment here on earth. Now why do I talk about all this? Well, unfortunately it’s
because I was so abruptly reminded this reality on July 4th and the story goes a little bit like this. (gentle moving music) (sighs) July 3rd, Katy and
I had been at a wedding for one of my best friends in
the interior of the province and we had about a five hour journey to get back to the Vancouver area. And so we were exhausted. We spent the night driving and later that night we got a message from the High on Life guys. They’d invited us to join
them on a awesome excursion. They sent me some photos of this commonly know waterfall, but in a very uncommonly known spot. There was kind of like this
little hidden wave pool and it just looked Instagram worthy. It was the exact kind of activity I would have done any other day, but that day we were so
exhausted after a long journey. (gentle moving music) Between Katy and I, we were actually debating
whether we just suck it up, go into exhaustion and just join them early first thing in the morning driving in to meet them for
their waterfall excursion. We decided not to, we let our tiredness get the best of us. And we decided that we would just meet them later that evening. (soft music) So later that day, July 4th, Katy and I went to meet up with the guys and we were gonna wait for them downtime until they got back from the waterfall. And it had been about an hour after the time we were supposed to meet and at this point we had
shot each of them a message. Yeah, well it’s gonna get cold. We’re going on the highway,
so now we’re ready. It was really strange because
I knew the guys pretty well, not super well, but I knew them well enough to know that they weren’t the type to just like go MIA and not answer. And so about an hour and
a half more had passed, it’d been like two and a half hours after the time we were supposed to meet. And naturally, at this
point my mind was like okay, could they be out of reception, could they have dead phones, what’s the possible outcomes here? I ended up getting a response
from Ryker’s Instagram and it wasn’t from Ryker, it was from a friend of Ryker’s
who was also there with him. (soft music) – Hello friends and family, on July 3rd, 2018, we lost
three very dear friends of ours, Ryker Gamble, Alexey
Lyakh, and Megan Scraper. – The coroner is investigating whether three social media stars killed at Shannon Falls near
Squamish on Tuesday– – We’re here at the
bottom of Shannon Falls, about three quarters of the way up is where the three hikers
fell to their deaths. – And so tragically that
was the end of their lives, three amazing incredible people. They meant so much to so many people. That is my side of the story. I cannot even imagine the
anguish that the family, the close friends must have felt and still be feeling
to this very same day. (gentle somber music) – They were three of the warmest, kindest, most driven and outgoing people
that you could ever meet. And the world has lost a great deal of light with their passing. – Just last month there was the memorial held for the three of them at Stanley Park and I have to say, for such a tragedy, they could not have
given those three people a more beautiful send off, a more beautiful remembrance of life. There were many tears, but there were many great memories shared. (light uplifting music) Now it may be the most
cliche question of all time, but I really challenge you to
ask yourself this question, what would you do if you
literally had one year starting right now to be
left here on this earth? Would you continue to
follow the same paths, would you continue on
with the same friendships, the same job? Or would you follow that
passion project of yours, would you pull those
friends that really meant something special to you closer, would you let go of certain relationships? – [Male] Hey, what’s up dude. – Dude. (light uplifting music) – Now, I’m sure with that question posed you probably have a
lot of different things that you would be changing in your life during that one year period, but my question to you
is why would you wait till that one year period
to make these changes? If I could be so bold, I believe the reason that so many of us push off our passions,
our ideas, our dreams, into the land of tomorrow
is because we don’t have a ticking timer right above our head. But here’s the shocking
reality is that you really do. Some people might have a year, some people might have a decade, and some people might only have
a few fleeting moments left. But just because you can’t see your timer, doesn’t mean it’s not there. (uplifting music) Yes, it’s an incredibly grim reality, but it could not have been reminded to me in a more powerful way that
our time here is limited and it’s up to us to make the
most of what we are given. While you can walk, while you can see, while you can talk, you should wholeheartedly
be chasing these passions, these ambitions and dreams. Today’s video is not just for people who aren’t currently working
their aspirational careers, who aren’t currently
working their dream jobs, today’s video is really for you. For some of you it might
be getting in shape. It’s something you’ve been
thinking about for ages but have never committed to doing. Others it cold be reconciling
damaged relationships, maybe there’s a friend or a family member that you’ve been dying to
have back in your life, but you haven’t taken the actions necessary to repair that relationship. For others it could be asking
that girl or a guy on a date. In some shape or form, this video applies to every
single one of our lives. And instead of just identifying the issue, I’d rather give you some solutions, some small steps to get
the big picture going. Whether it means landing
your dream career, getting the date or getting in shape, these are some things that
you can start doing right here right now today to
accomplish your passions, your dreams, and your ambitions. The first thing you need to do is identify your priorities and your ambitions. The best way to ask yourself this question is literally to envision something a grim as you being on your
deathbed five years from now, what would be the things that you regretted not having acted on, the things that you wished you
had dedicated your life to? The first things that come to your mind are probably the things
that matter to you most. What I highly recommend,
and even implore you to do, is get a whiteboard,
write those things down, and put it in an area where you’re gonna pass by every single day, could be your bedroom,
could be your kitchen. Have those priorities written out, that way every single time
you wake up and you go to bed, you’re likely passing by this whiteboard and you’re reminded what
you’re supposed to be doing every single day to work
towards that dream and ambition. I’ve actually met some people that have taken it even a step further and they’ve actually taken their phone, gone into their Notes application, written down those goals, screenshotted them, and then made them their phone background. Now not only are you
seeing it when you go home, but you’re actually seeing it every single time you open your phone. And I’m not sure if
you know how many times you open the phone in a
given day, but it’s a lot. Now that we’ve identified
our goals, that’s great, but the thing is they don’t
actually do themselves. So we need to create an action plan. Most meaningful goals will
not be accomplished overnight, some of them will take months, and others will even taken years. Now I totally understand that not all of us have equal playing grounds, some of us have dependents, we have family members we support, others of us, we may have what feels like insurmountable amounts of student debt. Whatever your circumstances are, it doesn’t stop you from
creating a game plan, a strategy. Get out a whiteboard and you write down what are gonna be the things you do on a daily basis, on a
weekly basis, a yearly basis, to ensure that you’re working
yourself towards that goal. I wanted to give you a walk through of what a game plan would look like for somebody that wants to be a filmmaker, has absolutely no experience
and no skill in the field, and doesn’t even have a camera. For me, it would look a
little something like this. I would want my daily game plan to be to spend at least 15 minutes to 20 minutes watching a tutorial on YouTube, maybe spending another
30 minutes to 45 minutes every single day shooting with
my iPhone, with my Android, whatever device I have in my pocket, if it has a camera, it’s
a great starting point. From there you can use free softwares to begin to learn the basics of editing and if you allocated an
hour every single day, seven days a week, you would become pretty good pretty quick. Now my weekly game plan would
be to take my two days off, my weekend, and try and shoot a video, a film, every single week. I’m sure your first video would
be just absolutely horrible, but that would be the cool thing about it was that every single week
you had a brand new video. Whether it’s a cinematic video, whether it’s a story about
your commute to work, you can create mini
films just for yourself or put them on YouTube,
which I highly recommend. And the awesome thing is you can track your progress as you
become a better filmmaker. My three month plan would
be to have set aside enough money throughout those three months to go out there and buy
your first real camera. Whether it’s a DSL or a mirrorless camera, get yourself a camera ideally
with a detachable lens and get yourself that first setup. My six month goal would be to volunteer on a commercial shoot, be able to surround
yourself with professionals and see how they do things. My one year game plan
would be to have a website and to be doing freelance work actually making a little bit of money and even calling this a part-time job. Year number two, I want
this to be my full-time, freelance work. Maybe I’m not exactly balling out, maybe I’m just eating canned
yams seven days a week, but if you can make your passion your job, I can assure you you’ll be a lot happier than when you’re eating great food doing a job you hate. And from there, I can’t tell
you what the outcome should be, but set something lofty, something worth working towards. And that’s where I’ll leave it up to you. Now let’s say your goal was to get a date. If you’re setting yourself a five year game plan just to ask a girl out, I feel really bad for you. Maybe cut this down to one month tops. Make your daily game plan
to talk to a stranger, whether it be somebody that
opened the door for you or someone who’s awkwardly
on the same elevator as you. Find a way to break up the
awkwardness with a conversation, learn to accept rejection. Maybe every week ask one
of your acquittances, somebody you actually kind of know, to go and hang out, go for
a movie, go for dinner. Doesn’t have to be a romantic thing, but just ask somebody who is not in your comfort zone to hang out. After doing this for one month, take the plunge, ask a
girl out, ask a guy out, see how it goes. Yes, rejection is scary, but by doing things bite-size, by doing it one step at a time, we get ourselves closer
to our final destination where we ultimately want to be. Now we’ve identified, we’ve
created an action plan, but this is the real hard part. The planning is easy, now it’s time to commit to your vision. There’s gonna be days where
you’ll have zero motivation, when you feel like quitting after posting 100 YouTube videos and it feels like you
haven’t built an audience, after asking the 15th girl out on a date and you’ve still been rejected, these are the moments
that can knock you down and make you feel like
it’s not gonna happen. I can assure you’ve I’ve had plenty of these moments in my life, but that is where the people that commit to their vision separate
themselves from the crowd. There’s a saying that you’re the average of the people that you hang around and I 100% believe in it. Surround yourself with people
that want the same dreams, want the same passions, and will help you get closer
to them every single day. If you have the privilege to be here for another five years, would future you be proud
of how you used your time? That’s a question I often ask myself and it’s kept me driven, it’s kept me motivated through
things when things were hard. For many of us, it’s the fear of failure, the fear of rejection that
stops us right in our tracks and prevents us from moving forward. But the truth is, it’s not the failures who failed, it’s actually the people that never tried. By failing, you learn so
much every single time, you gain knowledge that no textbook will ever be able to teach you, it prepares you so much
for your next venture. And the truth is, sometimes failures bring you to where you’re actually meant to be. Failure is not the enemy, it’s not living up to your greatest potential that you should fear. (gentle moving music) Coming back full circle to the three amazing people that I was
so fortunate to get to know, Ryker, Megan, Alexey, they are three people
that took their dreams and they crushed them, they absolutely grinded
to make them happen. They were e-biz gurus, they were leaders in the community, and they inspired so many people with everything that they did. (light uplifting music) The three of them have
inspired me like crazy, they’ve left a powerful imprint
that I will never forget, a reminder that tomorrow is
not to be taken for granted and that today is the day to
make your dreams come true. I wanna ask you one last time
at the end of this video here to really ask yourself what would you do if you had one year left to live? Some people it might be spending more time with their family, others it might be
really just buckling down and making that dream startup happen. (uplifting music) I challenge you to live like there’s a ticking timer above your head and that every single moment
here could be your last. (uplifting music) I wanted to end today’s video by quoting one of my favorite High on Life videos and it’s gonna be linked down below, I highly recommend you go
and check it our right after. It’s so inspiring and it goes
a little something like this. (uplifting moving music) (cheering) What do you want to do in your life? What makes you tick? What makes you feel awe? Don’t be mislead into thinking that you’re supposed to do anything, you are supposed to do
only what you choose to do. The world is vast and
full of possibilities, follow your bliss, get
out of your comfort zone, stop looking for reasons why you can’t, and look for reasons why you can. And if you can, you should. (uplifting moving music) (uplifting moving music)

100 thoughts on “Your Last Breath.”

  1. First off, I've followed the HoL crew for a long time now, and I've thought about what happened in July a lot since then. It's also really inspiring seeing Parker and the rest of the crew push through and continuing to pursue what they love.

    Second, holy freakin' smokes Christian. I'm absolutely blown away by so many things you've done and do since you first started with the GoPro in SE Asia. If this video would have been uploaded a couple years ago, I would have 100% been wondering who you'd paid to do your editing for you. But now after getting to see how you've progressed, and you've actually done what you say to do in this video, I'm just baffled at how much you've grown. It's incredibly inspiring man. at 12:12 when you said the thing about posting 100 YouTube videos, that really struck me, because that is the thought that has been going through my head for the last handful of months. I've uploaded over 100 YouTube videos and my channel isn't where I envisioned it to be. "But that is where the people that commit to their vision separate themselves from the crowd." This is where I'm at.

    Thank you man. You've inspired me so many times in the last couple years. I'll watch one of your videos and just be so pumped to get going on one of my own edits, and that's a really big deal, because starting is the toughest part.

    Anyways man, just like a ton of your audience, I have so much respect from you. You're one of the only channels that is fulfilling for me these days, and whenever I see an upload from you I know it will be rich, quality content that will effect my life/day in a positive way. Appreciate you and much love!

  2. what is the next path after your last breath, or what gonna happen after being dying, soo many questions ar in our mind, but most of people who are not muslims say that they'll lost their breath, and then they won't be alive, no movement, no talk… but they are still soo wrong, because they don't know the real truth. after being dying humans will meet an angle or a very ugli monster, it depends of the degree of beliving in god of ech person, and also about the person is he muslim or not, and even if you are muslim but you do wrong things like killing somone or hurt it, whether by something or by telling him bad things, or stealing, or fighiting with someone, our religion is the religion of peace, it generate all good things in our life, soo if you're interesting you want to discover our religion, or more about misterious things after dying don't hesitate reading our holly book quran, which has no errors, and zero contradiction, or watching youtube videos about that, so i recommende you to watch this '' THE MEANING OF LIFE MUSLIM SPOKEN WORD'' all respect to all religions , thanks for your great video

  3. Great homage to your friends… We shouldn't take things in life for granted.
    if I had only one year to live, it would be to travel solo all around the world just like you, get to know about different cultures and hopefully inspire others to do the same.You have inspired me the first time I saw your channel two years ago and continuing to do so…Keep up the good work ! A la prochaine!

  4. This is so touching…
    You reminded me of something and thanks to you because I learned a lot in this video and you inspired us.

  5. Wow so inspirational! I know what I will do this afternoon: creating a plan u were talking about and really getting to know what I want to do with my life (btw sry for my English haha I‘m German)

  6. It still feels unreal that they are gone but they definitely won't be forgotten. Love this its heavy and needed to be told

  7. Hey! Throwing shade at canned 🍠 yams… !?!
    Amazing story and inspiration Christian. Way to drive the HoL story to the positive light they would be happy, and honored, to have told through their dreams and, far too short, journey on this planet.
    Challenge accepted. You are a great inspiration as well.

  8. First off… I like your advice… But you havent lived yet… What i mean is how many marriages and devorces have you had… I bet non yet… Also how many kids have you had yet… I bet non yet… This is what lifes about… Not being 27 and pretenting your wise and have lived a full life just for traveling and partying… Lucky for you you havent even started your life yet until you have had GODS gift a child of your own… Good luck.

  9. This was the best video i had ever seen in my entire life! You make that kind videos, what kind i like! Truly inspiring…. love your job, love your channel, loved those 3…..

  10. Wow… First time on your channel and you definitely struck a chord. This video was very inspirational. Thank you. I have been sitting on so much traveling footage that I never put out and was looking around to find some inspiration to finally just do it and learn different ways on how to do it. I would like to send you a T-shirt from my clothing brand and possibly sponsor one of your next videos.

  11. There is only one guaranteed thing in life. It's all about what you do between now and than. To many people get bombarded with others views about how they should live their lives. Family does this, media, social conditioning you name it. It's hard for many to even know what it is they really want. They see someone else doing something and think that is what they want but it's actually not. Take the time to find out who you are not what someone else wants you to be. Than go and live you dream. Life is to fragile to live someone else's dream or view. Let them live theirs that's what they have it for. While you go live yours. It works both ways remember.

  12. "things only rich, unsettled people would ever say"
    so I thought,
    and then I cried

    I want to fulfill my dreams so much that it hurts, and also my wife's and my son's

    I will try harder.

  13. Thank you for this. Inspiring and admiring. I also want to pursuit my dreams of letting people be a part of my daily life. Please watch my latest vlog and give me feedback:

  14. Bottom line: Your next breath isn't guaranteed. Make sure your soul is secure. Ask yourself why am I here and why am I doing what I'm doing

  15. You really took a powerful approach that was tasteful at the same time to really get people to consider action. I am already living my dream but will think of this piece when its my turn to inspire on my podcast and in my art career. Great work.

  16. spoilt rich kids with no real idea realise that life is dangerous ! and here he uses death to promote his own channel !

  17. Man, You speak truth! I just turned 42 and am amazed I am still alive with all the careless things Ive done in my life, and after seeing how many classmates from High school over stupid things like slipping in the tub, or one minute they were feeling good and the next dead! Every morning I wake up and thank God my family also wakes up! My son was born with CDH and for 3 months before he was born till 6 months after birth we were uncertain of his life! He pulled thru and is very healthy 2 and half year old but I started living life to the fullest not to long ago and you will see me more Just been hiding my real passions behind a hammer and walls (Home Improvement Contractor) Not an easy change in industries Contractor to drone pilot and videographer lol

  18. Christian I just ran across your YouTube today and have watched several videos already. I am a fan of Exploring with Cody and Josh. Your passion is very commendable to say the least. This video however made me 😢 up to say the least. I've already connected with you in this short time. I also have gotten some bad health News and my clock is ticking. Recently I returned from an extended US western trip as a goal. I'm glad to have discovered you and looking forward to seeing more of your videos. Thanks Mark

  19. I expected this video to be another "Just follow your dreams" video, but you have far exceeded that. Besides having a real reason for the video, it is really practical. I love the 2-year plan you made and that you didn't just leave us with a "follow your dreams" statement like most other unpractical motivational videos. GOOD job!!

    Edit: You just gained yourself a new subscriber 😉

  20. I've been thinking about this a lot ever since last year. but i went on in denial, every day pushing my goals away & just planning them out in the next three months or, in the next year, or even write them down on a wish list that's when i picture them so far away from my visions. it all depends on where ure coming from, and i think for many of us, us who love art & are artists & we have all those ideas sparkling in our minds but we have "NO" means to how to project any of them. now here's the issue, we probably do have one way or another in how to share our work out here, but it's just not in a total perfect way. in example, i dont have a dslr camera, nor do i own a freaking iphone, but i do have a phone, and that's the positive perspective we have to focus on. we have the smallest means, and its okay, as long as we fight for our artistic soul. thank you for sharing this video aka work of heaven because for a lot of us this is an awakening point dragging us out of our daily denials. thank you.

  21. What a great video, you did them and their message justice in a very graceful and inspiring way. Well done my friend, well done………

  22. You are an inspiration. Thank you for this and all your amazing content. The clock is ticking. Wishing longevity, peace and fulfilment to all.

  23. Every time i watch this video i get motivated to keep going with my dream and not just daydreaming about it.For two years i struggle with math on my matura exams and if i want to pursue my dream i have to pass this exam so i can go to the university,to be a little closer to my goal.I don't want to spend my whole life stuck in one point with no progress.Maybe it's time for me to get myself together ,stop thinking about the past mistakes and just live.

  24. Lost I swear you are such a humble person always trying to pass on messages of positivity! I want you to know that what you do matters to so many people!

  25. @5:40 the reason is that there can be things that have to be learned or achieved before one can finally gather the fruits of this previous period by living the dream, which is possible when you (probably) have more time in your life. But when you know you have only one year left, then splitting that time into these two periods in the most effective way would be the best I can think of.

  26. It is such a great video with such an inspiring content! It's amazing how much time we spend doing things that doesn't even make sence or that we don't like and I wish everybody would realize, what you've said that our time here on earth is not forever. Everyday is a miracle that we keep breathing and it's something that not many people notice. We should spend time with our families and friends instead of sitting on the couch watching TV all day long… So thank you for making this video remainding of all important things we have to do and that we have to enjoy every little moment in our lives! And those incredible shots! It's unbelievable that some people haven't even seen the sea or the snow so we have to be thankful for a lot of things we have.
    Nicole 😊

    And I just realized that you have posted this video in September but it's great to see it now that we are starting a new year with new expectations, wishes and goals.
    so again thank tou for everything you do. I love your videos and I also love Katy's videos (I'm from Argentina) and watching it in English and also in Spanish is also good for people like me that speaks English but could improve it and I always know that the videos are going to be magnificent. It is also like we were there with you guys in every video enjoying the food, the views and also the wind/the breeze… so again thank you for your incredible job!

  27. I found your channel just a few minutes ago and i'm subscribe already. Amazing video, great message, really inspirational!
    Please if you have how to translate this video to more languages, there's a lot of people who really needs to see it, they need to believe like you do.
    I'm sorry for you loss.

    Sorry about my english

  28. This touched me, in so many ways. I cannot fully express my appreciation for the motivational qualities and the artistic depth of this "piece" so I will just say

    Thank you.

  29. I’ve been a nurse for quiet some time now. And the stress of it is just getting the best of me. Lately, I’ve been thinking of branching out to another profession. I needed to hear something like this 🙂 Thanks man. You inspire a lot of people 🙂

  30. Everyday is a gift. Every day is a gift from God.

    Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

    Jesus loves you! Ask me anything 😁 open air.

  31. hi there Christian.
    I randomly found your videos few months ago and yet it's the first time I post a comment.
    First of all, sorry for your loss.
    Secondly, I can only recognize myself in your video. Your message. And also thank you for inspiring me.
    I always dreamt of living abroad but my mind was stuck in two parts : the first was to follow the same path as my parents (one job in your entire life that you don't like, buy a house, get a dog, have children), the second was to follow the little voice in my head. The thing is, I tried to make the two parts do well as one can complete the others but : it didn't work. I ended up travelling in whole scandinivia but didnt feel well as I could hear my parents saying that it wasn't accurate.
    Now, I'm 29, never felt complete and I decided, finally, to live abroad for real in Lisbon. Well, that might not be that huge of a move since I'm french but still, that's a big step forward to live my own life. That being said, I can only say thanks you. You put some trust in me, dont know why but for that, keep being yourself, you actually might be helping other folks around the world by showing them you can live your best life by doing what you WANNA do.
    Again thanks you, and hit me up if you come to Lisbon near soon, I'll show you the authentic way :).
    Xxx and keep up dude.

  32. I love you man! Amazing video. Ive been following you for about a year now and i frequently go back and re watch your older videos. This one is truly amazing. You've inspired me to follow my dreams to travel this beautiful world we call home and rather than putting it off, just hurry up and do it. I can relate to you being Canadian as I'm from Alberta and spent lots of my childhood throughout Beautiful British Columbia. Thank you for your hard work and so terribly sorry about the loss. May they rest in peace. Love from a fellow Canadian <3

  33. I definitely needed this message today. Although this happened last year it’s very relevant every single day!

  34. This video is so powerful. I wish people actually realise that today could be their last breath they take. 
    " Enjoy your life today, yesterday is gone & tomorrow may never come "

  35. That last quote i cried the first time i heard them say it now almost a year later you have brought it back to me and reminded me thanks

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