“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”
People have an awful relationship with mortality, and it’s not a surprise considering the broader societal context.
Society implicitly teaches you to avoid thinking about death through distraction. It doesn’t need to mention the subject when a vice controls you, whether that be junk food, social media, chasing status, etc.
If you didn’t already know, society doesn’t serve your best interest. It certainly doesn't want you to get in touch with the finite nature of your reality.
What inspired me to write about this?
As a twenty-four-year-old, I’m grateful to have a more holistic understanding of mortality than my peers because I have witnessed it multiple times.
The most prominent example is my father's death at eighteen while pursuing a childhood dream alone, halfway across the globe.
I still remember traveling back home and being forced to confront the harsh reality of my circumstance. It’s humbling to watch your father lay lifeless via a coma in hospice care.
To date, that experience was the worst, yet most necessary.
I write this so you may learn a thing or two from my pain.
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
To act like most people and spend your days scrolling through a cable television screen or iPhone is a shit way to live.
Most fear death because, deep down, they know they’re cowards.
When you realize you don’t have a pair to live courageously, you will do anything to rationalize your current lifestyle and mentality.
Set your soul on fire and burn everything unnecessary to the ground before death comes knocking at your door.
The odds of being alive as a human being are nearly impossible, which means you’ve been given a gift by the Universe, God, or whatever else you’d like to call it.
In my mind, any other strategy besides setting your soul on fire means your life had little value. In other words, the world would have been better off without your existence.
It’s a tough pill to swallow.
Only the reaper knows when it’s time.
Nobody knows when their life expires.
You cannot treat this experience lightly. Life is not a bag of fucking chips that never expires, conveniently sitting there in your cupboard.
It can be taken away from you immediately after you read this sentence.
With this understanding, urgency manifests. You don’t have time to waste on stupid shit because the clock is always ticking.
People on the move are more likely not to regret their literal or metaphorical deathbed because they lived with an all-in mentality, not merely existed like most.
Treat each moment as if it’s your last because, one day, it will become true.
Pour the best years of your life into things you cannot stop thinking about.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Yes, you will always have to do things you don’t enjoy in life to a certain degree, but do not tolerate complacency.
People stay stuck because they have low standards, don’t understand what excellence looks like, and have convinced themselves that this is “just the way life is for everybody.”
Remember, you only have one life.
I don’t give a shit about your theological beliefs and whether or not you believe in an afterlife. Everybody agrees it’s healthy to make the most of this earthly existence.
Suppose you have an activity that you cannot stop thinking about, triple down and become one with it. There’s a reason why it’s always in your mind.
When it comes your time to die, make sure you feel a wave of pride wash over you because you spent your life energy on what made you feel alive.
Life is short for those who treat it as insignificant.
You have a long life.
It only feels short to most because they poorly manage it.
There is a lot of time to work with; the question is whether or not you’re going to use it wisely or recklessly.
Demonize death, and you do the same to life.
Life and death are two sides of the same coin; you cannot have one without the other.
Think about it, the reason you appreciate life is because it comes with an expiration date. If you were immortal, there would be no reason to practice gratitude.
You would inevitably take this experience for granted because you know that it lasts forever. Even though you may not like impermanence, it helps ground you in Truth.
Approach mortality differently than the masses, and you will emerge stronger and wiser than most.
Don’t let the fear of death hold you back from betting on yourself.
Use it to light a fire under your ass for a greater purpose.