Today’s post might be a bit morbid for some people’s tastes, as I’m reflecting on the brevity of life, the reality of death and the joy of renewed strength.
Do you ever stop and think about just how close you are to death at any waking moment? Do you live your life to the fullest or do you leave the brakes on, waiting for some special event or sequence of events to happen before you let go and start living? A friend of mine calls this the “ducks-in-a-row” lifestyle. I suppose we’re all guilty to some extent of living life waiting for the ducks to line up before doing the especially important things. Who doesn’t have some form of retirement plan? Then, there are some goals and dreams we’ve given up on because we’ve mentally tired of waiting for them to happen.
The sad truth is that death breathes just at your neck from the moment of conception, never more than a moment, a mere fraction of a step behind. I’m always amazed by people who believe and live like they’re more fortunate than those who’ve been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Erm, no you’re not. You’re in exactly the same boat as the end-stage cancer patient. The difference is that the patient is more aware of his/her mortality.
A few months ago, I had my own brush with death. I woke up literally drowning in air. When I got done saying my last prayers and being sympathetic to the plight of fish everywhere, I went for medical advice and started a full lifestyle change. It’s been a hard slog, but gets easier with each passing day. I’ve met some lovely people through this journey and gained fresh perspective on life, death, achieving goals, nutrition, exercise, priorities, spirituality and renewing your strength in a holistic manner. I suspect those topics will be subjects for later discussion, but these recent experiences have inspired a new short story, “The Pale Shovel – Death in 100 Words,” which is currently available for free on Smashwords.
Take a moment to reflect on how you’d live your life if you only had a short time to live and then, as Nike says, just do it!