It might be frightening, but death is as boldly present as life. Our body starts to die from the very moment it is created, and there is still no way to stop or revert that. Millions of stars are born and die in the Universe at all given moment.
Death, Banksy, 2005.
People usually avoid thinking about dying. It is that kind of thought we push away because we prefer not to to deal with it right now. Better deal with it later, later being an unplanned future when we discover a terrible illness or when we lose a loved one.
Death makes us feel unimportant, weak, impotent. There is nothing we can actually do about it, no one to call, no complains to make. It arrives unannounced, and although faith might exist, no one can assure what (if something) happens next.
Why, then, should you give second thoughts on such terrible subject? Why consider that the plane might crash, that the bus might lose the red light, that a vein in your head might explode without you even noticing? Why keep exploring such possibilities when in such cases you would have no choice but to accept and surrender?
Thinking about death puts things in perspective. Such intense thought makes you realize what really matters – and what doesn’t. It makes you examine your life with a deep understanding, getting view of what you would change if you were to die right now. It makes you think about relationships and what you would like to have done and said before you go. Who you would like to have hugged tight. It makes you feel gratitude for being alive, and question what you would leave for the world you lived in.
Our life is very frail. We must live preparing to die. If we don’t, it is going to happen anyway.
What’s your relationship to death? Do you have a bucket list?
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