Before anyone can truly indulge in life, they must first come to grips with the concept of death. This one thing which is guaranteed in our lifetimes provides us with a bittersweet beauty that can only be treasured… or indeed neglected through the human experience. In times such as these, with harrowing reports of death across all borders, we can’t help but begin to delve into the meaning and the meta-physical explanations of death. Are we happy to die? Will we accept it? Will I regret the things I did in my life? These questions, although morbid and not exactly attractive, are unavoidable. Especially in times like these. I don’t see myself as an expert in this field, and I definitely don’t claim to be one, but I am a human being, resolutely and wholeheartedly, and this is my opinion.

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”

They say life is a journey not a destination, and my own meditations on the subject indicate a great level of truth to this statement. Life is a journey that can never be repeated. If we repeated such a journey it would lose its shine. I’ve always seen life as a process of development. Trying to learn new things, stepping outside my comfort zone and smiling everyday is an integral part of that. Your life is yours. It is your journey to embark upon whether you go left or right, it doesn’t matter. It only matters as long as it’s important to you.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.”

Wise words from master oogway the wisest animated tortoise to ever exist! But seriously, he’s right… we can’t change the past although we can study it, we can’t see into the future but what we can do is smile today and enjoy the present as it was so aptly named. Today is a gift! We have all been blessed with a day of infinite choices and pathways, we can do whatever we want but we must remember that choice is ours and ours alone.

“If you stare into the abyss, the abyss will stare right back.”

Nietsch believed truth to be the highest value within humanity but he acknowledged that pursuit of truth above all else could leave us teetering on the edge of the abyss. We face these questions, so deep and ambiguous, that we can find ourselves as individuals staring deeply into the abyss where nothing fruitful grows and no answers linger. We have to ask these questions but we must not dwell on them, we must learn what makes life special for us and hold onto that. 

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”

Life can be long and bountiful or alternatively short and sweet. The argument here is that time is irrelevant when we consider life. If we establish deep rich connections with others, leave impressions of kindness on the planet, no matter how small they may seem at the time, we will have a deep and meaningful life. What I’m trying to say is if life was a game of top trumps, depth would certainly trump length!

Carpe diem

Yes, cheesy I know! We have to admit, begrudgingly no doubt, that this statement is so important. Regardless of length, depth, presents and other complicated metaphors I have dealt with in this post, the most important thing to take away from this, is gratitude. We have to take what we have and make the best out of things, times are tough right now but we can still be thankful for what we do have. Whether that be a loving family, a roof over our heads or even just a reason to smile. So yes, seize the day… seize life.

I’ll leave you with this, as my own contribution to these quotes: in times of great suffering, it’s the little things that matter.