"Imagine you were dead now, or had not lived before this moment. Now view the rest of your life as a bonus, and live it as nature directs." - Marcus Aurelias
After all of this nail-biting and head-scratching over this strange and troubling time that we are all currently experiencing, surrounding the pandemic that is Covid-19, thoughts of death have been at the forefront of my mind - as I'm sure it has and continues to be at the forefront of many of yours, too.
It is important for us, the humans in the present fight against Coronavirus to be cognisant of the fact that it possesses nothing more than what is already fated to take place.
With the death toll rising at an alarming rate due to the spread of this deadly disease over the past several weeks, one thing that has become very clear, to me at least, is that there is nothing to fear. Due to the morbid perception that the subject of mortality holds, many people choose to swiftly brush it under the carpet when it arises in conversation - but in doing so only causes more harm than good, especially for one's soul.
Allowing yourself to sow a mere thread of understanding toward death is simply not enough, you must learn to not only understand but to embrace that all lives - be it a short-lived or long-lived life - both eventually end up in the same state.
In order to become a student of life, you must first become a student of death.
For yourself, for your lover, for your family, for your friends, mortality is inevitable. It is the one thing that we cannot run from, hide from or buy ourselves out of. Billions of people have roamed the Earth before us and billions more will roam the Earth long after we are gone. No man can escape the day of his fate, therefore he should focus on living the life that he currently is, whilst he still can.
This is the way of life; this is the way of the world.
Whilst we can ponder on what the future brings for us and those close to us, the curiosity that we choose to dress our minds with is nothing more than squandered time. I too have fallen into the trap of yawning countless hours away through fruitless speculation of what the future holds. For years I have spent vital energy and precious time wondering what death is, how it will treat me, when it will greet me, not knowing that I have spent only 28 years alive in this life of mine at present, falling ignorant to the state I owned for so long before I started living.
'Go on…’, It is simple: before life, I was not. Now I have life, I am. What comes after I depart this life shall mimic the same situation prior to my birth.
'How so?’ Because I have already experienced death - and not through the power of meditative practice or during a deep slumber of some sort - but in its purest form.
'When, then?' Before my heart began beating - and long before that.
Now, having realised that I have already faced death and lived long before in its company, I am now able to drop all concerns of what is to follow, and instead, focus on living the life I am at present.
Thanks for reading.