Coming to terms with your own mortality and that of your friends and family is not an easy task. In a civilisation where death is a taboo topic of conversation, how can we overcome this obstacle?
Six feet under, pushing up daisies, asleep, kicked the bucket, with the ancestors, in the grave, danced the last dance, passed on… We have so many euphemisms for death. Why? Because it’s a subject that we find incredibly difficult to talk about and to come to terms with; that’s why we find so many ways to say that someone is dead, without ever having to actually say the words.
I believe that our fear of death, be it the process of dying or the thought of what comes next, is something that can prevent us from living our lives to the full. If you’re constantly looking around the corner for something that could hurt you, or panicking about the next ‘deadly’ disease doing the rounds then you’ll never be able to focus on the things that matter; the things of the here and now. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be sensible; running in front of a train is not a good way to maximise your life! But by coming to terms with mortality we can lead lives that are more focused on the present, and less on our eventual end.
In the words of Bugs Bunny, “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive!” Your death will be the eventual end of your life, like it or not, but rather than focus on that negatively why not make it a positive? Instead of worrying about the people you’ll leave behind, why not use the motivation to enjoy every moment that you have with them? Instead of fearing that you’ll die without having achieved anything momentous, why not use that thought to spur you on to greater things in your day to day living?
If you struggle to deal with mortality then have a look at my eBook. I’ll take you through the process of turning your focus from the fear of death, to an awareness of the fullness of life.