Bill Murray: On how to Design your life with presence

Charlie Rose: Tell me what it is that you want that you don't have.

Bill Murray: Well, I'd like to be more consistently here, you know. I would like to really get on -- I would like to just -- and I know it's not probably maybe possible but because it's so improbable and so impossible, I would just like to really see how long I can last as being really here, you know, really in it, really alive in the moment, you know. And you see people -- I like to live to be old, you know, so I think I have a chance. That would be my only chance. It's like, you know, a golfer wants to shoot his age, I better live to be 100.

Charlie Rose: One of my great dreams. Go ahead. So you want --

Bill Murray: I'd like to just be more here all the time, and I would like to see what I could get done, what I could do if I really didn't cloud myself with automatic, you know -- if I were able to not get distracted, to not let -- to not change channels in my mind and body, you know, so I would just, you know, on my own channel, you know, it is just really here and always with you. You know, but you can look at me and go ok, he's there, you know. There is someone there. And I could, you know how it is when you look in the mirror and you don't think about it but you look in the mirror and oh there is that guy, you know. And you catch yourself like what you were -- the state you were in when you looked in the mirror, you know. And you can make a face and kind of toughen yourself up or handsome yourself up or whatever you do but when you catch yourself in that anywhere you see the states you are in, you know. Like who -- are you happy? Are you sad? Are you confident? Are you rosy? Are you beleaguered? Are you here? You know and most of the time you are not. You are just like, oh, oh. It's almost like you want to look away, because it is like that is not me there. That is what I am doing right now but that is hot necessarily me.

Charlie Rose: What is necessary for you to get there?

Bill Murray: Well, it is all contained in your body, you know, everything you have got, your mind, your spirit, your soul, your emotions, it is all contained in your body. All the prospects, all the chances you ever have. I consider this Clint Eastwood line he killed a man, he killed every opportunity he ever had. I can't remember which movie that is from but it's a good one.

Charlie Rose: That's a really good line.

Bill Murray: That's a really good line.

Charlie Rose: You spend every opportunity you ever had. And I often think about life and say what might have happened if that person had lived.

Bill Murray: Right. Like I think about -- I mean Belushi. Just a week ago, it is like he has been dead as long as he has been alive now. He has been dead now as long as he was alive. And you say that is a funny sand dial to put in front of yourself to flip that thing over and so it is done. It is that wish to, you know, it is a wish, it is really a wish. You have to dream a dream but you have to wish big, you have to wish big. And I would like to go -- I would like to see what I could do. I got sort of a drunken phone call from a friend of mine's sister. I really like her. She's funny because she's really funny and she drinks a lot. She called me in the middle of the night and I was like, oh boy you ever get someone to call you in the middle of the night but she was so charming and she was so lovely and she just kept saying, you have no idea how much you could do, Bill, if you could just -- you can do so much. And I've never had anyone talk like that. And it was funny because it was like a drunken phone call in the middle of the night and I listened to her for 40 minutes or so 45 minute while I was, you know, I was sound asleep, but it was such -- it was really like it came from the other side, you know and it felt like it. It was sort of like, you know, a voice, a voice that was sort of intoxicated, it was like, you know, one of the visionaries, a visionary speaking to you in the night and coming to you in your dream. And, you know, I hope to remember that kind of thing, you just try to remember those things, those -- that encouragement.

Charlie Rose: I suspect you know, you know, whatever she was saying you knew it, some way you do know that inside of yourself.

Bill Murray: Well, it resonated, rang a bell inside of me. A bell that rings a lot that says, "Remember, Bill. Come back." You know, "Remember". You know, "Remember. This is your life. This is the only one you have got." As we always say, "Well, brother, this is not a dress rehearsal, this is your life. This is not a dress rehearsal. This is your life."

Transcript courtesy of Charlie Rose