Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go when we die? What lies beyond? And what lay before? Is anything certain in life?
One of the universal truths that we have come to embrace during our relatively short existence on this planet is that everything has a beginning to end. As much as many of us may wish it were so, nothing lasts forever. The moment any living creature on Earth draws its first breath, the countdown clock begins to tick away the seconds leading up to its last. It is the natural order of things, and though we may rail against it at times, there is nothing that we can do to stop it.
We burn wood and waste to create ash, which is then used to fertilize soils that are used to grow crops that feed a pregnant mother whose child will eventually be born containing some of the carbon from that ash.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end! Without such an end, there could be no beginning. This cycle is the crux of all life on earth. Without death there can be no rebirth.
While every life is infinite in length, the time spent in between those beginning and end points are what truly define it. What we do and say during our lives can have a profound impact on people long after we are no longer there to see it. Every one of us hopes to leave a mark on the world, no matter how small it may be, and to be fondly remembered by our friends and family when our time with them eventually comes to an end. It is simply a part of the human nature to want to leave a legacy behind that will live on after we have gone, and we all seek to somehow do so whether the effort is conscious or not.
The time that we are given to make that mark is limited, and we can never know exactly how or when it will end. Life is funny that way in that you can never anticipate exactly how it will all end up working out.
My grandparents still live at the ripe old age of over 85 after suffering many strokes for two decades, while one of my school mates left us recently having battled cancer for nearly 3 years.
Both of those people, in very different ways made an indelible mark on my life, and in that way they continue to live on through me and the others who knew and loved them.
Now you maybe wondering why a philosophical wandering like this from a carefree creature like me? Point is, this life we live in is short. Enjoy it with all the fibre in your body. Whilst doing that, do not forget to look back upon everything you do with an open mind and responsibility. We all make mistakes, but be generous enough to rectify it. Don’t purposely do anything that afford others to shed a tear. After all do care about everyone.
It is important to live each and every day the way you want to be remembered. Not just most days, but everyday, as you may never know which one may end up being your last.
Death is also but a beginning. When your life ends, the spirit of your life carries on. It is up to you to write that chapter of how you will be remembered after you’re gone. Don’t wait until tomorrow, because tomorrow may be too late.
Say the words you want people to remember you saying. Do things you want them to remember you doing.
Most importantly, be the person you want people to remember you being.