Death, the final frontier. To boldly go where all of the dinosaurs have gone before. Unless you consider crocodiles to be dinosaurs of sorts, then we’ll just say most of the dinosaurs. But like our reptilian predecessors, all of us humans will die one day, and how we deal with that fact is troubling for many of us, including me.
Ignorance is bliss, and I envy those people who don’t think about our inevitable deaths as I do. It causes me anxiety knowing that I will one day not wake up from my sleep. I see the clock ticking. Every second that passes is a second that I chose to take for granted most likely. Then, next week, I’m going to kick myself for not taking advantage of the time I had while I was here. But seeing time tick away and getting anxious over it is my truth. For others, like my brother, their anxiety over death comes from a different place.
While trying to convince my brother to get on a plane, as he’s deathly afraid of flying, he bravely opened up to me with an interesting quip during one of his panic attacks at the airport bar. He said, “I’m not afraid of the plane crashing. However, I am afraid of the plane crashing knowing that I’ve done nothing with my life.”
It was not what I expected to come out of his mouth at all, but I was happy that he shared that with me. It’s not easy sharing your deepest vulnerabilities with others and to not feel judged. I was fascinated by how with both worry about death, but for different reasons. Whereas I’m afraid to die, he’s more afraid of his legacy and how he’ll be viewed by the people he’ll leave behind.
Everyone’s struggle with death is a personal journey. As I get older, I know my struggle will get worse. I don’t think I’ll ever come to terms with it like some do. I can’t even enjoy a vacation because as soon as it starts, I start to worry about the time I have left. So yeah, I think too much. But I know I’m not the only one out there that does, which kinda comforts me a little……..maybe……
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