Remembering the Inevitability of Death

“Time is against us”

We’ve all heard that one before.

Probably felt it, too.

Things pile up, and with so much to do, it sometimes seems impossible to stay balanced.

The clock keeps ticking, though. And life goes on—at least, until it doesn’t.

We all know this to be true.

Life and Death, they’re two sides to the same coin. They arise simultaneously. One doesn’t exist without the other.

Deep down, we all know this to be true.

We’re living now. But it’s just as accurate to say we’re dying. Each second, we inch closer and closer to death.

We all know this to be Truth.

How long can we stare into this screen though? How long should we? We all have our reasons.

Some seeking pleasure, others avoiding pain. People will do anything to maintain.

There’s something to be done though. Or rather, someone to be.

Just keep in mind: Memento Mori.

We get to decide what we want to do—how we spend our time. We can choose to do what’s easy, or we can choose to do what’s important.

Remembering the inevitability of death helps with that. It helps us prioritize things in accordance. Keeping in mind the outcome we want can save us from a lot of planning—a lot of unnecessary “doing”.

Frankly, there are always things to do, always ways to keep busy. But ‘busy’ isn’t necessarily productive, is it?

What’s better is to Reverse Engineer life.

How do you want to end today/this year/this life?

Rather than placing our attention on the myriad of things we can drown ourselves in, we direct our focus into the results we’re committed to achieving—to people we’re dedicated to becoming.

When we have in the forefront of our minds what’s most important to us, it’s easier to notice interruptions when they come up.

After that, it’s just a mental sparring match.

One-on-one against your distractions.

Be careful, and watch your reactions.

Make sure they don’t cause your future self dissatisfactions.

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
— Bruce Lee