“For death, when it stands near us, gives even to the inexperienced men the courage not to seek to avoid the inevitable.” – Seneca
At some point, all of us are going to reach a point where we accept our fate. If we struggle with a terminal disease long enough, if we live long enough to see that there is no escaping the inevitable end of our days, we will eventually come to accept that we are going to die.
How much better is it for us to get that out of the way now? We don’t know when we are going to die, but then again even if we were diagnosed with stage four lung cancer tomorrow, we still wouldn’t know when we were going to die. We would just have a better idea about how we were going to die. Even then, nothing is certain.
And so, we could choose now to live as if we do have a diagnosis hanging over our heads, as if we do have some sort of sense that our time line is not going to be as long as we want it to. Because, if we are honest, no matter how long our time line might be, it will never be long enough.
So instead, let’s not waste the time we have on things that don’t matter, let’s not try to control things we can’t control, let’s not allow petty things to interrupt our relationships, and let’s become the best versions of ourselves we can become in whatever time we have available to us.
And let’s live the only way anyone really can, not knowing when a moment will be our last.
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