During the outbreak on the COVID-19, it’s nearly impossible for me to take a break from social media. I can’t stop checking my Facebook and Twitter feed with a hope for some positive news.
Also, with all this happening, it got me thinking, how are you dealing with the fact that everyone you know someday will die?
At my current age, I go now to more funerals than weddings and I have lost some very dear friends and family members, but this only strengthens me to cherish those not yet taken and do my best to help others.
Rather than freaking out I use this for good purpose and accept that everyone eventually dies.
Being aware of it isn’t a bad thing and it shouldn’t be negative or depressing. In fact, if you want to have the most fulfilling life you need to realise you’re going to die one day and embrace it.
One day I’m going to die but still, for now, I just enjoy my life.
However, it’s so important to self-reflect and give yourself enough time to retrospect and introspect into yourself and your life.
Here are three things I’ve learned about how to harness my awareness of mortality:
1. Gratitude – Focus on being grateful for this miraculous body that can not only walk but jump and dance. Tell your family and friends what you’re grateful for and why you love them. You can also text or even email them. You can also start a gratitude journal. It’s easy. Set time aside each day to make a list of what you are thankful for. Start with the tiniest details, and write down even just one thing. This really works!
2. Stay Motivated – I really like this quote from Steve Job: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”
What this essentially means is, we should be spending our time fruitfully, tasks that should make us feel happy doing. It is a caution against wasting time. Sometimes we all need a little reminder about the beautiful gift of perspective and how to stay motivated and not to waste our precious time.
3. Let Things Go – “To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.”
I feel like I’m a pretty positive person and optimistic about my future, but occasionally I think I’m letting the little things get to me. Life is short. Do I really want to spend my limited time on Earth being mad at my partner for leaving the laundry out in the rain? Or would I rather focus on staying healthy and happy—even more now?
Let’s face it—it’s very easy to get annoyed with people, but it’s never a nice feeling. Sometimes letting go is the best option. Letting go creates space for fresh beginnings. We must make an effort every day to allow ourselves to enjoy what is unfolding right in front of us: all parts of the journey both easy and hard.
Embrace the present and remember that every day is an opportunity to have a fresh start.