#jkltip Take in all 5 days of posts this week, try not to miss one and then the whole thing will probably make more sense
A Bitter Antidote…
The next few posts will be related to death, dying, or I suppose, the amount of time we may or may not have left here on earth. First, let me explain why. When I write poetry, listen to music, or create videos there is a not so subtle, seriousness surrounding the notion of seize the day. That’s my default I suppose, although I do love easy going comedy too.
Either way, a lot of people label it “depressing”. Depressing may be a descriptor, but others find it refreshing, or reminding. Interesting though, I have 25 rants posted to date, the one with the fewest interactions, by far was the one that asked “what will your tombstone read?” And so, some will appreciate the imminent nature of our death, and others will run from it. My hope is soon enough all of you will embrace it.
I am confident that if you give constant awareness of the imminent nature of death a chance, then you will find relief from so many of your struggles, or better yet permission to be you and chase your dreams. Taken out of context these posts can be oversimplified, or unsettling, which is why I wanted a flow, when taken together the information will make sense. So almost like a chapter in a book the topic this week will be the same.
Why talk about dying?
In trying to find our place in the world, we as humans are very critical of ourselves and interestingly enough, we are the only animals who can be judgemental of our past, or worry about our future. According to Ernest Becker (Author of Denial of Death) the unique, human ability to visualize a world without us in it creates ‘death terror’ which can be a crippling anxiety underlying how we act and what we do. Such anxiety prevents us from being vulnerable, prevents us from being truly creative, it keeps us chasing another dollar, forces us to stay in unhealthy relationships, or stick it out at jobs we hate.
Here is the awesome part: if you confront the reality of your own mortality, become comfortable with what Becker called “the bitter antidote”, then it will open up a door of enlightenment, allowing you to always act on authentic values. Values such as vulnerability, kindness, learning, living, sacrificing, and leaving a legacy that is truly immortal.