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 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 grandmother still lives at the ripe old age of 87 after suffering many strokes for two decades, while my younger cousin brother who was in perfect health up until that hideous monster Leukemia loomed his large ugly head over him, died aged 6 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.
Truth is next Monday marks the 7th anniversary of my cousin brother’s demise due to Leukemia. He was not a just brother; he was a true friend to me. He gave me joy which would enable me to just forget the bitter experiences I was going through in life. And when the ruling creature of the world called for him to relinquish his stay here, if felt to me like how a person who lost his all bearings due to a natural disaster would feel-hopeless. I may have got over it by now, but the existence of my happy days with him still haunts me when the end of October arrives annually.
Now you should be wondering what the hell has happened to this fun loving, jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, waterfall stalking, nature craving, and sports crazy sucker. What’s all this mentally deranged philosophical far cry preaching got to do with us? Point is this life we live in is short. Enjoy it with all the fibre of your body, whilst doing that do not forget to look back upon everything you do with an open mind. We all make mistakes, but be generous enough to rectify it. Do anything that doesn’t 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 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.
Because after all we have said and done, We are going to say good bye the same way!
P.S-Remember, everything happens for a reason always..:))))