What leads to the good life is the good life.
Should you save money and hope you live to 65 before enjoying yourself? Or, should you piss it all away in Vegas, buy fast cars, enjoy yourself now as you do not when you will die?
Life is full of paradoxes. Why not do both?
It is often said that you should live each day as if it were your last. But I think it was Derek Sivers who said that this is terrible advice. You will end up blowing all your money each day and making bad short-term decisions. Better, he says, to live as if it were everyone else’s last day. You would likely be kinder to everyone you met. This is a great thought exercise for empathy and connection. You never know what someone else is going through. And everyone has their own shit to deal with.
Live each day as if it were a lifetime. You would want to cram in a bit of each thing that made you happy. And you would not want to go to bed with any bad feelings left out in the open. Live like this for two weeks and see what happens.
Enjoy the journey.