Embracing Death Will Help You Live a Better Life
You live in a constant state of decay. Every day your body is working against you and your mind starts to deteriorate. Declining memory function is thought to begin as early as age 30 and is often evident after 50 years of age. This means that time is against you and the clock is constantly ticking.
The fact that death is creeping at our backdoor and could end everything at any given moment is no secret. Yet now, more than ever, we choose to waste away. We spend endless hours on our phones, scrolling through mind-numbing social media feeds. We engulf ourselves in the false realities provided by video games to avoid dealing with real life. Most people spend, on average, 40 hours a week working a job that they despise and the remainder drinking to shut down to deal with their miserable existence.
The 20th century has created a massive safety net that constantly sits beneath us, keeping us from dancing with death. Our idea of an "adventure" is taking a hike on a well-marked trail or camping in a location surrounded by others. The life expectancy in the United States is 80 years old and most of us deal with only a handful of funerals during a 50 year time period. We have forgotten the most important aspect of life -- the fact that it doesn't last forever.
Death should not be feared but respected. We need to practice a daily meditation on the fact that we could die at any given moment and take full advantage of the time given to us. You should constantly be asking yourself, "Is this task truly worth my time? ". Involve yourself in activities that make you a better person that will open a new door for exciting opportunities.
Stop making long-term goals and start making short-term objectives. The issue with long-term goals is that they eliminate urgency and we unintentionally continue pushing them to the side. Instead, focus on short-term objectives -- tasks that you need to complete in a timely manner. This way if you meet an unexpected ending, you actually accomplished more with the limited time bestowed upon you.
How will you be remembered? Will your name be sung for generations for your deeds or will you be shortly forgotten because you spent 10 hours a day in front of a television screen? The only aspect of our existence that lives on after we’re put 6 feet underground is our names. The legacy you leave behind is your only chance at a lasting memory. Upon waking, make a list of how you will improve your reputation. What bricks will you lay to ensure that you are not forgotten? Direct all your attention on how to execute these tasks.
Accepting that your end will come sooner rather than later is crucial for your overall development. Rather than running away or fearing death, we must learn to embrace it. By uncovering our eyes it will allow us to make the most of our time and limited existence.
- Written by Andy Lewis