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One day you will die.
Let that just sink in for a moment.
You will be just a memory; in people’s lives, their photo albums, your social media page that will receive memories for a few years until people move on with their own lives, their time of existence here on Earth.
I am completely dumbfounded that people never question their existence. Yet, they don't.
There are so many theories on death and what happens afterwards, but this is not a blog about that, this is a blog about life.
Are you making the most of be-ing alive?
Are you truly living?
This week has been an interesting one with a number of prominent celebrities dying of cancer-related illnesses. While I can’t say that any of those men were influential in my life by any means, it has been interesting to witness the collective grief, particularly about David Bowie.
When someone who is close to you dies, it brings into sharp relief our own mortality. Even when they are complete strangers, we feel something that is universal. Our mortality becomes a reminder to keep living to our capacity. Death reminds us that our lives are merely a blink in human time and so very brief.
Our personal beliefs about death really do define how we react to the death of others. For me, death is a transition from living to non-living. I don’t know what I’ll encounter when I do die, but I know that we get glimpses of it in our dreams, meditations and esoteric experiences. I’m not one for believing what has been written by others (the irony of this is not lost on me!), but I am one for believing in my own experiences.
But again I digress, this post is not about death, but about life. Life is so incredibly transient and as each year passes I wonder where the last one went and more importantly if I made the most of every moment. The older I get I realise these things:
We can sit here and argue philosophy and what we believe happens to our souls, or who we think we are, after death, or we can engage in the present moment and truly live. We can open up our hearts and let go of the masks that we all carry and embrace the opportunities that life offers to us.
We all die. That’s inevitable.
What matters right now is what you do with this moment. How are you going to live?
©Alyssa Curtayne 2016
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