Life is such a wonderful gift, it makes me humble every single time I stop and think about it. Death on the other hand is scary to think about. I still cannot fully comprehend it. Think about going to sleep and never waking up again. Step away from your laptop, cell phone, or computer and think about that for a minute or so. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Are you back? How weird is that to think about? What’s that feeling like?
Thinking about death stretches and alters your perception. Accepting something you cannot change reduces suffering. It allows you to overcome fear and punch it right in the face. It also reveals the importance of love. Many people don’t realize, until it’s too late, that cherishing your friends and family should be your number one priority. Yes, you hear it all the time and think it’s cheesy, but before you leave you’ll realize how important the people in your life really are.
I believe that once you come face to face with death, you’ll drop your silly ego and become much more humble than you currently are.
What boggles my mind, is that our society tends to sweep the topic of death under the carpet. They don’t want to think about it now, and will worry about it later. Why!? I would argue it’s one of the most important things to think about NOW.
I don’t want to bring religion into this subject because logically speaking, there is no evidence for life after death. If there was, then we would all know by now and the “debate” about this subject wouldn’t exist. I’m quite aware of the near death experience stories, but once again things get quite blurry once you “dive in” the details and try to critically make “sense” of it.
Now I don’t want to sound like a downer, I personally stay optimistic about this sort of thing. After all, it’s quite scary to imagine you never existing again and simply rotting in the ground. As I’m writing this, I feel goosebumps slowly creeping all over my body just from thinking about it. But this isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s very inspiring.
How is it inspiring?
If you think about it, it makes you suddenly realize that a day will come when you will have to “check out.” All of your money and material possessions will simply vanish. Sure, the people in your will might receive them, however you will no longer own them or really need them. While I cannot know for sure, the scariest part is that there is a chance of your memories and knowledge simply vanishing as well. This theory breaks my heart the most. It makes you ask the oldest question in the world, “What is the meaning for life?”
It’s interesting to think that one day, out of nowhere, you came into existence. Was that by luck or purpose? Can you find an answer to that question? I don’t think so. For the first time ever you saw light after being in the darkness. You came here with free will not knowing what to do or what path to follow. It’s kind of like playing a first person video game, without having an option to respawn…
Thinking about death allows you to figure out what your priorities in life should be. Everybody wants to die in peace without any regrets. You must figure out what you want to accomplish and create multiple goals for yourself. You can achieve anything and be anybody you want to be. Other people on Earth are humans just like you. They are flesh and bones, just like you. You have the ability to do anything that they do. The only limit is the one you set yourself.
I’m always baffled by how people constantly devaluate their own life and create silly excuses for themselves. If you’re one of those people, you need to get a hold of yourself and make the best out of the cards you’ve been dealt.
Most older people usually say “You’re far too young to be thinking about death.” I never understood that. It’s basically the worst kind of procrastinating one could do. I believe that you never really live, until you overcome death. Once you face it and come at peace with with it, you can actually start living your life to the fullest.
You came into this world alone and you will leave this world alone. Don’t be distracted from your inevitable demise. Use it to your advantage and live the life you want to live. If you do that, I guarantee that right before you die you will be happy that you listened to this advice. You will smile about it, rather than be saddened by treacherous regret.
Even if we never physically meet, I hope my message will help you live a remarkable life. I hope you’ll accomplish everything you’ve ever dreamed of. I hope you’ll succeed in every single thing you try.
One more thing…
My mother works at a hospital and she sees people die almost every week. I don’t think I could handle that kind of emotional stress, but that’s another story. After having deep converstations with her, I realize why she enjoys the little things in life. She knows that you could be gone in a heartbeat. So enjoying every moment and living in the now is very important.
Before you go, I would like for you to check out the following quotes. I hope they’ll inspire you and hopefully change the way you view life.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
“We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.” – David Sarnoff
“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” – Charles Burkowski
“A life that touches others goes on forever.” – Unknown
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein
“I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.” – Thomas Browne
“He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.” – Giovanni Falcone
“God made death so we’d know when to stop.” – Steven Stiles
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
“A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.” – Stewart Alsop
“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.” – Henry Van Dyke
“We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.” – Voltaire
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss)
“What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – J.K. Rowling
“Every word affords me pain. Yet how sweet it would be if I could hear what the flowers have to say about death!” – E.M. Cioran
“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” – Oscar Wilde
“People living deeply have no fear of death.” – Anaïs Nin
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese
“There are special people in our lives who never leave us …. even after they are gone.” – D. Morgan
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Robert Benchley
“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.” – Epicurus
“Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident — It is as common as life.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.” – Francis Bacon
“Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.” – Mortimer Collins
“I’ll bet in Heaven they have one single word that means ‘back when I was alive’. You know, to save time in meetings and stuff.” – Derek Littlefield
“To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one’s own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.” – Friedrich Nietzsche