I’ve always wondered why our society avoids the topic of death every opportunity it gets. Personally, the thought of death has been really difficult for me to think about lately; it’s the thing I fear the most. From my experience death seems to be a major fear for many people. But why? It may be that for many, when the thought of death reaches us, so does the realization that we haven’t pursued the life we desire and instead have followed a path that a detached society has laid out for us. Maybe it’s not death alone that frightens us, but rather the idea of dying without living a life that made us happy, a life with no regrets, a life that allowed us to explore every inch of our souls and every corner of the world.
It’s this disconnected society and the illusion that we’re happy with our lives when we really may not be that keeps us from following the calling that rings louder than anything else. Yet this ringing is muffled by the expectations of society, by the typical western structured life: go to school, find a stable, well paying career, find a lover that you appear to be madly in love with but will probably divorce at some point, have children, retire … and the process continues. It seems that when people defy this typical way of living, they’re frowned upon by society and told they’re making a mistake. A mistake? Maybe it’s because forming your own path in life brings you no certainty of a steady income, and we all know that money is the most important thing in life. Or, that may be one of the biggest lies we’ve been told. When we’re nearing the end of our lives, we won’t be reflecting on the number of figures we made, the nice toys we had, the mansion we lived in, but we’ll instead reflect on the experiences we had, the stories we told, and the people we shared it all with.
I hope to someday be able to say this through my own experience, but I’ve seen it play out in so many people’s lives that if you take a risk of following your dreams – because the risks that come with dreams can be far more than what you’re willing to accept – the universe will not neglect your desires and will conspire to make things work in your favor. When you open your heart and accept fear, the result is often far more rewarding than you could have ever imagined, but when you close your heart to block out fear, you fall away from our aspirations and then blame it on bad luck. Whatever it is that you’re aching to do with your life, even if it means risking it all, give in to the fear and be open to the opportunities that wait. See what happens.
I found this whole thing inspiring. whatever death is, all I am certain of, is this life. And yes, there is fear. What if there is no afterlife? What if this is “it”? I feel there is a strong possibility it’s not “it” but that’s a topic for another time, and may or may not be true. But Either way there is a feeling of missing time, when it feels like this is it, and time is running out. So yes, follow your dreams, even if the world seems against you, yes, nothing is certain, but that doesn’t mean nothing isn’t possible. :) <3