The immediacy of life is lost on generations not acquainted with death. ~Chad Howse
Life is happening. It’s happening all around us yet as we move further away from life as we once new it we’re able to exist without actually living.
Our options are endless. We can almost do anything we want to do and these options lead people to do nothing near what their souls beg them to do in the form of ambitions.
We don’t dare greatly. We live in fear about daring at the wrong thing.
We do it because there is no urgency when death is in the distant future, when we’re not around it, when we haven’t seen it up close.
When you read Seneca or Aurelius or Epictetus you see how they each brought their death into the present, they meditated on it.
Do the same. (Read This: Death Comes for All; Life is Grasped By Few)
Bring yourself to that moment when you’re about to die everyday. It’s only in being in our death that we can truly be in our life.
Acquaint yourself with this thing that is neither good nor bad, it just is. Ignoring its existence is like ignoring the existence of evil, it’s ignorant, it leaves you unprepared to die and preparing to die consists of living in the moment and living daringly.
When you become “friends” with death there’s almost no way you can waste your life. It becomes too illogical to spend time brooding, in self-pity, or on your ass in front of the TV when it’s this activity that could very well be your last, and at the least is a horrible use of something that is ticking down every second, whether you’re adventuring or crying, time is ticking and death is coming.
So use time, don’t waste it.
Befriend death, don’t ignore its existence.