Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Death

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die, is the best way I know of avoiding the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked, there is no reason to follow your heart"
"Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
- Steve Jobs in his famous  2005 Stanford commencement speech

We don't talk too openly about death in society. Maybe because it scares us. When those that are close to you pass away, you can't help but think about death. But it doesn't necessarily have to be a sad and somber time. It can be very eye opening. As Steve said, death is a good thing because it forces growth and change. We get our lifespan to do what we want to do, no more, no less. Then the next young generation gets their turn. Lets take some time to remember that yes, we will die soon. This is good, imagine the procrastination if we had all the time in the world. Lets make use of the time we have. Rest in peace grandpa. ❤