Bit of Happy #89: The Opposite Of Life

28 Jan

“Death is not the opposite of life. It is a part of life. A part we’ve not yet explored, and it is only natural to fear what we do not understand. But with the right attitude, we can make life beautiful. With this same attitude, can death not be the same?”

It’s hard for me to find the right words to say to even begin a discussion about this quote. I don’t even know why it’s so difficult. The only reason I can put into words is that I simply can’t imagine anything more beautiful than life – it’s a whirl of experiences, growth and emotions. It’s like a wave of events that stir up a sea of different outcomes. It’s challenging, hopeful, disappointing, celebratory, sorrowful, promising. If we knew how our lives would turn out in the end, where would there be room for excitement? Opportunity? Choice? Possibility? Would we even be able to give meaning to those words?

And I know that everything I am saying right now points a million and five arrows at… what lies in the unknown in relation to death is a positive thing. But, unfortunately, I can’t say that. I struggle with the thought of one day leaving this world and all of the people I love who are in it. So much so, that I often keep my mind away from the entire concept of death. Of the unknown.

Instead, I choose to focus on the positive and living every day to its absolute fullest, in the best way I know how. So when the day comes that the inevitable happens… when the day comes that I dip into the unknown… when the day comes that I leave this world, I will, at the very least, be able to say I did everything I could. That I made every effort to make the lives of others better. That I took chances. That I made mistakes. That I escaped with no regrets. That I loved unconditionally…

Wow, I really wasn’t expecting such a heavy topic for a Friday. I feel like this is a mid-week type of post. Then again, when you are on the topic of death, what do you expect? But you know me, we can certainly turn this into a positive thing one way or another. And I bet you are wondering how in the world do I like this quote with all that I’ve said so far?! Well, SURPRISE! I do. I like this quote because it makes me think. It challenges me. Makes me incredibly uncomfortable. It pushes me out on a limb and forces me to make a choice. Or, at least, begin to work towards one… Gee, that doesn’t sound like such a great thing after all. But you know what, it is. It’ll press me to my limits. Perhaps even break me. But in the end, you know what it’ll do? It’ll make me stronger.

Will I ever be able to see death as a beautiful thing? As something positive? As a reason to find optimism? I think if I can get myself to a point where I agree that death is a part of life, and not life’s end, I believe I could possibly see it as something beautiful. Will I ever be able to adopt this type of mindset? That’s as unknown as the topic at hand…

And with all of that said.. I don’t know what else to say, because I sure said a lot, and I feel like it’s kind of a jumbled mess of words. I feel like I normally have a little more organization to my entries. I don’t even know if it’ll be comprehensible by another human being. So, good luck! But I would love to hear your thoughts on how this quote makes you feel! Perhaps you can make more sense of it than I can. Hopefully it inspires thought and question, and maybe even some comfort in the very possibility that there is beauty in one day leaving everything we know.

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