I think about death a lot. Some people say I’m morbid but I think it’s a good exercise to consider death. To feel it hovering over you, a constant reminder of the ephemerality of life.
I’m not obsessed with death. Like Johnny Cash, like the stoics, I’m obsessed with living.
“They wanted to get the most out of every minute of this uncertain existence we have all been given,” goes the Daily Stoic email newsletter.
“It happens that meditating on our mortality is a powerful way to do that,” it continues.
The thought that crosses my mind a lot is the sentence “you could die right now”, followed by the question “have you really lived?”.
When making decisions, I often ask myself, “If you were to die next week, is this what you’d want to spend your time doing?”
I’ve realised that the things I answer “no” to, are the same things that make my soul feel drained.
Daily Stoic poses the question: “If you know death is inevitable, and that there is nothing you can do about it, and you have no idea when it will come, well then what’s the alternative?”
It then quotes The Shawshank Redemption’s protagonist, Andy Dufresne who said, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying.”
How much time any of us have left is not up to us—but what we do with that time? That’s our call. That’s our song to sing.Daily Stoic