November 17

“We must make it our aim already to have lived long enough.” – Seneca

We are not going to live forever. We do not know when we are going to be taken from this life and cast into the unknown of what – if anything – comes after this. We will do not know when we will leave our friends and loved ones behind.

Here, it is fair to compare our lives to the lives of other people. Specifically, we can compare our lives to the lives of people who have died before reaching the age we are currently at. Many of us will have personally known someone who has passed away before reaching our current age, some of us will have several, and some of us will have known people well before they passed.

Was their life any less valuable than ours? What about less full? Was their life in any way aside from length less than our own?

How are we sitting so ungrateful for the opportunity to live here, now and experience everything that this world has offered and provided to us? So ungrateful that we somehow feel we are entitled to more.

But if we look back at our lives, how much have we had the opportunity to experience? How many wonderful things have we witnessed? We should remember that even if it all disappears tomorrow, our lives were full and most importantly, they have been ours.

virtus fortis vocat

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