The big problem with imagining that you are the photon is that you simply cant.
As mentioned in the comments there is a strict distinction between massive and massless particles. For massive ($m\neq0$) particles, you can always find a reference frame where the particle is stationary. For massless ($m=0$) particles this is impossible.
Another interesting way of thinking of the above problem is in terms of what is perceived as happening at simultaneous time. For a stationary observer space and time are orthogonal for all other stationary observers. The faster the relative speed, the more the time and space axis start to tilt towards each other.
When a particle is travelling at the speed of light (which means $m=0$) then the time axis and the space axis are parallel. This means that all events along the trajectory of the photon take place at the same time (for the photon).
In this sense the life time of a photon is $t=0$ seconds. On the other hand, you may imagine the photon a frozen in time, so these $t=0$ seconds are not "noticed" by the photon.