Live life like you’re gonna die.
- Bill Shatner
Let’s face it, death scares me a little bit. It’s been a hard subject to bring up with myself for as long as I can remember. When I heard death referenced in jokes, in movies, in songs and I usually brushed off my personal discomfort by simply avoiding the things that encouraged said feelings. It’s rather easy to avoid, to not deal with and push off, important life experiences (a lot of people do it their whole lives and never take responsibility for themselves). Death is one of those topics that I decided to address with myself because I will continue to hurt myself if I don’t (that whole avoiding = suffering thing). So, I have been on a journey of putting death into perspective: What it means as a part of life’s, existence, the universe’s big pitcure, and not just the end of my life. But my separating death from a personal to an expanded level didn’t happen overnight nor did I even think that concept right off the bat.
I began this journey with, “Why am I afraid of death?” and “Why do I have that fear?” And from those starter-questions, I am currently at this…
- Yep, fear is still not real.
- Confront fears; they hold us back from experiencing more of life’s offerings.
- Life is equally as mysterious as death.
- Life sustains life. We live in a world where death happens every day for life to continue. If we were not the dominant on the food chain, we would have quite a different perspective on things.
- We are an ant to a blue whale as a human is to our planet as our planet is to our sun as our sun is to our solar system as our solar system is to our universe.
- The body is its own universe with things continually evolving, changing, moving, shifting, forming, creating… and dying. Hell, immune cells literally commit suicide by wraping around and killing infected cells, bacteria, or viruses for the sake of keeping the big picture alive. We have death occur within us every day so our lives continue.
- Life is free-moving and flowing, much like water. Death is stiff and brittle, much like ice.
- Every single choice that we make changes the universe.
I picked up some things about death and along came some thoughts about life, the act of living, and the universe; which is really what I’ve been after all along. To understand death, you have to understand life. To understand life, you have to understand what houses life. To understand yin, you have to understand yang. Ya with me? It’s been a cool little journey – a very eye-opening journey – to today’s perspectives. As I said earlier, it’s easy avoid and it’s not easy to confront, but confronting what you fear is such a pay-off in the big picture of my universe to then affect the rest of the universe (that’s good to keep in mind when embarking on anything physical or mental.)