People’s fears about dying and death (two completely different things) are mostly based on their own imaginations, beliefs and what they see in popular culture and social media… not too realistic. Or, in my opinion, nothing to fear.
Why would you believe that death would be worse than an illness or the pain you have already experienced in life? You have been through the worst and still you are here. Why would dying be anything to fear?
I’m not a Stoic but they have a lot of good advice about death.
In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” This Stoic reflection on the impermanence of life is known as Memento Mori, which is Latin for “remember you will die.”
Seneca wrote, “Death is not an evil. What is it then? The one law mankind has that is free of all discrimination.” He also said, “Before I became old I tried to live well; now that I am old, I shall try to die well; but dying well means dying gladly.”
The Catholic in me believes in a soul or spirit and that how we live in this life dictates what happens next: purgatory, hell, heaven…I don’t know.
The Tao/Buddist/Zen in me believes in an immortal spirit or energy that lives on after death, a balance in the universe: reincarnation, a heavenly state of being… again, I don’t know.
I have no idea what truly happens when we pass, but to fear it makes no sense to me at all. Even during darker times this body actually looked forward to dying.
I have no idea why I am still here (I think there’s a reason) or when I will die. None of us do. I truly believe the best thing to do is plan for the day when we die, keep it in mind, then live for the day, each and every day! It’s truly all we have… Carpe Diem Always.
Are you afraid of dying? Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Be Kind 💚 Be Grateful 💚 Be Love 💚Be the Change 🌎 Carpe Diem Always 🤟