It’s a Matter of Life and Death

Death is a reality we will each face. Death represents the finality of our earthly experience; it is the end to life as we know it in the flesh. What pains us is the realization that each lived experience will one day have an end. Depending on your belief, many of us will acknowledge that there is an afterlife, a life lived through our spiritual self, yet one very different from our human interactions. The fact that death is a reality for every living organism, gives us the opportunity to reflect on its brevity and what it means for our every day experience. Understanding that life does indeed have an end, encourages us to take nothing for granted.

On the day of our birth we are welcomed (in most cases) with open arms, we are birthed in the celebration of life, we enter this world with many promises. Our identities form over time, and as we grow, we spend the time learning to live in the environment we are given. We have dreams, and develop a desire to accomplish things we deem necessary to marking our lived experience a fulfilling one. Society instructs us that there are specific norms to which we must adhere in order to be seen a functioning member of our respective communities. Some of us reject societal constructs, and instead choose a life path that we believe best defines us.

As we journey through life we form bonds with other beings, beings who like us, are searching for a meaning to the life we each are given. Through our journey we encounter setback, pain, and emotional turmoil. Yet ironically, we experience happiness, love, passion and the value of forgiveness. Through this journey called life we cry tears of joy, sometimes laughter and other times sorrow. Our deepest fear is being alone, and so we seek companionship. When things seem too hard to bear we look for someone to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to trust, a loved one to embrace.

Life is more than the breath we take, it is about the people we embrace, the people who help to make our lived experiences a better one. Life is about the moments we create, the occasions we celebrate, and the opportunities we have to do good for someone else. When we pause and realize that life is short, we get to understand the importance of every moment we have here on earth. It does not take us long to realize that the car we drive, or the money we have in the bank adds little, if any value to our collective experience as human beings. While material things may give us social status, the greatest gift of all is the fact that despite our economic situation, it doesn’t cost to love. There is not a price tag on happiness, or a tax for giving a smile. Life is about the moments we create and our ability to see what is good about humanity, while acknowledging what isn’t.

Life is about understanding that we are only here for a little while and seek to maximize how we spend each waking moment. Death gives us the opportunity to be reminded that life is indeed brief. Death teaches us that all things have a cycle, a cycle which has an end and a beginning. A cycle that at each point gives us an opportunity to engage, although briefly, in the things that make the human experience worthwhile.

If we understand the lessons that death teaches us, maybe we would be less prone to hate, and instead pursue opportunities to demonstrate love. Perhaps we would fight less, and embrace more. Perhaps we would realize that every material item in our possession is replaceable, life isn’t. The sooner we realize the value in life, the less likely we would be to allow money to destroy relationships. We would value the time spent with friends and family more than we value the currency in our bank accounts. While I do agree that money is a necessity to survive in our world, I think we overemphasize what it adds to our quality of life. Live each moment as if tomorrow was never promised. All we have is today.


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