On The Subject Of Mortality
Today, the topic that I want to talk about is a topic that we would usually run away from. It’s a topic that would upset most of us when we talk about it as it can be quite sensitive, and to be honest, I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while, and finally today I have the courage to do it.
So the topic is mortality.
We as humans are not immortal beings and we are here on this planet for a limited amount of time. In the end, we’re all going to die, as awful as that may sound.
Now with the Corona Virus pandemic, we’re staring Death in our faces. And death is something that I’ve thought about a lot in my life, especially after I lost some people who were really close to me including my dad who died more than 5 years ago.
One of the things I have realized is this: We’re here for a limited amount of time so, why are we running away from this reality?
Because is THE only truth. Life is going to end.
So how about we embrace this reality? What if we started to live life fully in every moment?
Osho once said, “Fear of death means a partially lived life,”
So if we’re all going to die eventually, what is the point of living in fear all of our lives? You won’t be really living. You’re dead inside!
So if you’re to embrace the ultimate reality, could you start to live fully?
That is what I want to talk about. Embracing mortality so you can live fully in every moment.
What would happen? What does it mean to live fully?
Maybe you’re in a job that you don’t like. You might quit that job and instead do something that you enjoy!
Perhaps you’re stuck in a relationship for all the wrong reasons. Maybe you would decide to move away from the relationship and start to take care of yourself.
Maybe this means that you would actually take care of yourself! Your body!
Because our bodies are hosting us while we’re here and we should all take care of it to live a long and healthy life.
Maybe you’d start to think about how you could make this world a better place. How you could contribute to the world and not just consume and take.
As we take care of ourselves, maybe we want to think about instead of just taking and taking and taking from the earth and from society, maybe think, how can we give back? How can we take better care of this earth? How can we take care of the generations that will come after us?
It could be as simple as planting a mango tree that gives and gives and gives, or maybe you’d decide not to use so much plastic!
It could mean so many different things!
How can you live fully by giving back to society and the world? It could also mean that you are maybe pursuing your passions.
As people get older, many people forget about what used to light them up inside. How about pursuing the things that light you up instead of being stuck in a job that is not? Or maybe taking on a hobby that is lighting you up and pursuing a passion for music or art or dance which you have forgotten about.
Maybe that’s what it means to you.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to travel. Perhaps not right now, but in the near future.
Now that we’ve all gotten a closer look at death, we know that anything is possible. Who knew that this virus is going to change our lives so completely?
Maybe you want to spend more time with your family and friends because who knows what’s going to happen in the next moment?
It’s crazy to not think about it.
So this is why I am talking about this. Because I want to motivate you to embrace death. One simple thing you could do, whether on your birthday or on New Year’s Eve, imagine “What if this is my last year on the planet? How will I live? What will I do?”
Whatever it is for you, write down how you would spend your time. Many people, including those living out their last years at a hospice usually all wish for the same things:
I wish I had built more meaningful connections, I wish I had pursued my passion, I wish I had spoken my truth, I wish I had been myself.
How about starting to live for all of those things? How about starting to be who you are and who you need to be instead of pleasing other people? Take care of yourself and become your own pleaser!
It’s even more important to put things in perspective.
I hope this post today has made a little bit of difference in your lives. Please do connect with me and let me know if I can answer any questions or if I can share any of my personal processes, I would love to do that.
Thanks for reading!