There was an in-class activity that opened my eyes to the differences and similarities of how we view death. In this discussion, the classmates and I opened up on our feelings about death, how we would want to die, and how we would never want to leave this earth. From that point on, I discovered that we live in a society which fears death. Simultaneously, we are also a culture that has evolved to become numb to the news of death. Whether death is found in the newspapers, movies, games, word-of-mouth, or other media outlets, we seemed to have developed this uncanny skill of brushing the grim reaper off our shoulders.
Rather than embracing death, we’ve learned how to push death away as if it was a defense mechanism or THE cure to prevent us from the inevitable truth— the truth that we too will one day die (If only we could harness the powers and medical technologies of the Pokémon Center).
We’re too busy not being in the NOW. We tend to over analyze our past (I wish I wasn’t so awkward at that one party). And we also tend to over analyze our future (If I don’t do well on this “Death and Dying” exam, I am never going to be successful). Fearing the unpleasant past or the unknown future limits you as a person. Awhile you’re stressing out about two conditions which you can’t ever have full control over, you forget to focus on the present (Unless, you met the Doctor or own a time machine). The present is the one phase of time that you have absolute control over.
Once you lock in on what is around you, you will understand what it means to live. Living is doing the best with whatever you want to do by exposing your highest potential to everyone around you every day. You can have the ups and downs to life, but that’s totally natural. When a person fully appreciates life and has the will to become better every day, death will no longer be so scary. Think about it. You do what you want and you did what you want.
We’re only afraid of death, because it is unavoidable and unstoppable. Once it happens, you won’t have the chance to do what you planned to do this weekend…Or the next weekend. Whether we believe in an afterlife or have different ideas of how we want to pass away, death will never go away. The one thing we can all agree on is that we are much happier when we learn to take control of our lives, know our goals, and work towards them.