Remembering our mortality significantly improves our daily lives if we can endure and overcome the sense of looming finality. We live each day in routine. Even those finding something new to do each day end up in the routine of novelty. Newness becomes their pattern. My own life desires some new narrative, or at least, a deepening of narrative developed through literature.
Therefore, please recommend books, short stories, and films containing themes of seizing the day, living in the moment, and enjoying life to the fullest with the consequence of death.
Secondly, perhaps harder to find, but please also suggest material with themes of the life after the thrill has come and gone or themes of having to deal with the consequences of living temporary bliss.
One example of my own. One short story that I’ve never been able to get out of my head is Paul’s Case (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul’s_Case) which you can read here: (http://cather.unl.edu/ss006.html). [Minor Spoiler Alert] I do not want to give too much away, but this is one of the most inspiring pieces of literature that I have encountered that argues that living in the moment is more important than life itself.