Life and Death

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – WOW! — What A Ride!"

— Author Unknown

I came across this quote recently and tucked it away for safe keeping. It is, after all, a perfect summary of my philosophy and it's awesome that finally I have found a kindred spirit who sees life the way I do – even though I have no idea who that person is.

But then I started thinking. Why tuck this quote away. I'm going to frame and hang this quote right above my desk so that when I look up above my laptop screen it's staring me in the face.

I have several friends who are getting up there in age. I've noticed lately that they' seem to have lost their inner glow. They're becoming a lot more focused on their appearance – concern with  dieting, dyeing their hair, dressing younger than their years. Their conversation is starting to gravitate to their aches and pains, and who is in the hospital and poor dear _______ who died last week. 

And it's not just the elderly who have this obsession with death and the end of time. How many times have we planned for the rapture only to see it come and go without us?

I don't know about you but I don't  want to miss a single opportunity to enjoy today to it's fullest and I'm becoming a whole lot less tolerant of frivolous time wasters.After all will it really matter in the end whether I've had a face-lift or a tummy tuck – or not.  When tomorrow comes, will we remember the thrill of holding a newborn baby or climbing Pikes Peak — or the hours spent sitting under the hair dryer and putting on our makeup just so? 

While enjoying today to the fullest,  there's no ready to dread the future or fear death.  After all, aren't you more than a little curious about what's at the other side?
 

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