“To fear death, is nothing else but to believe ourselves to be wise, when we are not; and to fancy that we know what we do not know. In effect, no body knows death; no body can tell, but it may be the greatest benefit of mankind; and yet men are afraid of it, as if they knew certainly that it were the greatest of evils.” -Socrates
They say death comes for us all. It seems no one is ready, even though we all know it will happen.
Death is not a person. It is not a being in a black robe with a sickle or a cane. It is not chasing you as many movies and books would lead you to believe.
Death is the taking off of our earth suit and slipping into something else.
Religions all paint a picture of believers and unbelievers when it comes to death. I’m not here to argue religion. That is pointless when you are coming from the stance of not believing what someone else says they have completely figured out.
We can all agree that death is a transition. The problem is that no one wants to make that transition. We don’t want to leave all we know and love behind. Those of us who are still here don’t want to lose the companionship and interaction that we have with that person.
When we are young we feel we might live forever. At least that is what I was told I was supposed to feel like when I was young.
I’m still young compared to some. It is all a matter of perspective. Looking back, I haven’t ever felt that I would live forever. I knew that I would one day die, and so would everyone I knew and loved. I just hoped that maybe my life would be different. Maybe science would come up with the fountain of youth and we would stop aging. Maybe Jesus would come back and we would all live forever without dying. No matter how it worked out, I hoped that it would work out. I knew that it would not, but hope springs eternal.
Death has never and still doesn’t scare me. I have had brushes with it in the past. Not knowing exactly what will happen is not an issue for me. I know it is for a lot of people, but for me it is not.
It is easy for me to say that right now. I’m healthy. I work a safe job. I do not take risks that would lead to me putting my life in danger.
Still, I know I will switch out of this earth suit. It could happen at any time. The part I don’t enjoy is other people leaving my life.
I’m aware that it is selfish to think this way about death. It doesn’t change that I still see it that way. I think everyone goes too soon, no matter their age. We want relationship. We crave togetherness.
Having a loved one leave this realm hurts. It hurts when you see it coming. It hurts when you don’t see it coming.
Death isn’t sneaking up on me. It does not frighten me. Death causes me pain when it happens to others and I will avoid it as long as possible because I would never want to cause others the pain it causes me.
Now you know what death is to me. You don’t have to tell me what it is to you. I just want to make sure that you have thought about it. You understand what it does to you and why. Also, make sure you take the time to show love to all those who are in your life while they are in your life. No one lives forever, at least not in their earth suit.