There is no reward for finishing life first. However, there are many rewards for living life well. Something wonderful happens every day if you pay attention. But if you are zipping along life at breakneck speeds, how will you notice it?
Life is a journey. Like every journey, you are bound to experience various obstacles along your path. Will you give up on reaching your destination because of obstacles? You shouldn't. Instead, purpose to enjoy every minute of your journey thorugh life, obstacles and all.
In short, life is do or die. Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accomodations are. Others may be there to go through your journey with you, but no one will be there to go through the journey for you. You must do it yourself.
Lastly, remember that life is not a destination. It is a journey to be savored and enjoyed every second you are alive.