I remind myself of my impending death on a daily basis.
Keeping this fact in the front of my mind provides me with an unending source of motivation, and a powerful perspective on what’s important.
For example, if I’m tempted to waste a moment in laziness, the gentle reminder that my days are numbered, and today might be my last is enough to make me realize that I’m letting this life I’ve been blessed with slip away.
If I’m tempted to waste energy on the opinions of others — allowing what people think of me to dictate what experiences I have or what decisions I make — a gentle reminder that my life is ending one moment at a time strips these twisted ideas from my mind.
After all, this is my life. I’m the one who will look back as I take my last breath. It’s me who needs to be content.
Once I wrapped my mind around the fact that I’m going to die, my life changed. And when I discover paradigm shifts that change my life, I like to share them with as many people as I can.
But not everyone receives this message the same way.
After reading my tweet, someone said to me, “I didn’t like your Tweet today, Mitch. Way too much for that early in the morning.”
Another said, “Thinking about that would make me go into a depression.”
And I get it. I don’t have my mind wrapped around death either. While the inevitability of my own death allows me to maximize life, death still scares the shit out of me.
Sometimes I imagine the moment of my death. Assuming it comes slowly, blessing me with the realization of my own passing. Slipping through the fabric of this realm, into one completely unknown.
I wonder, will I recognize it when I see it? Will I fade to black? Will I just kind of hover, not knowing what to do?
There are countless post-death philosophies you can subscribe to, all claiming divine revelation, which can ease this anxiety.
The truth is, I don’t know what happens, and I don’t think anyone else does either.
But the point of reminding yourself of your mortality isn’t to dwell on the ending of your life, but to enrich the living of it.
When you acknowledge that you will die, and it might be today, don’t focus on the fear of the moment itself.
Instead, focus on the beauty that your temporary status adds to every living moment.
To avoid the idea of your own death is to deny a fact of your reality. But when you embrace it, you add a certain fearless power to each moment that you live.