Death Meditation XIV

Daily Meditation #251–10/31/2022
Death Meditations —
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Tell those you love often and loudly how you feel. You and them are never long for this world.

One day, you’re a 4 year old obsessed with cats.
One day, you’re a 10 year old who loves LEGO and Star Wars.
One day, you’re a 16 year old, chock full of hormones, sex drive, and angst.
One day, you’re a 21 year old, getting drunk off jungle juice with your friends at someone’s uncle’s camp.
One day, you’re a 27 year old getting a divorce.
One day, you’re a 34 year old in a hospital bed after a surgery, but happy to finally be able to eat.
One day, you’re a 38 year old taking your kids out trick-or-treating. One is Spider-Man and the other is some character from an obscure show which you cannot remember. They laugh with you and you secretly take your parent tax from their loot.
One day, you’re a 54 year old finding out you’re going to become a grandparent.
One day, you’re a 65 year old enjoying a classic “old person” cruise with your spouse of 30+ years.
One day, you’re an 81 year old, weeping uncontrollably as you come home to an empty house for the first time in over 50 years, terrified to go to bed alone to the pillow that still smells of them, now gone.

And then, one day — any day at any point between any of these above 10 ages — you’ll be a desiccated husk of jerky entombed six-feet down in the cold, merciless, unloving soil, your only neighbors being the worms, beetles, and others who went in the centuries before you.
Your heart will be still. Your eyes long empty. Your mind empty. Your mouth unspeaking of words of love.

You will die.
I will die.
Your parents will die.
Your friends will die.
Someday — hopefully long after you! — your children will die, as well.

Cling tight to those you love each day.
Tell them often and loudly all the little things you notice and love about them, for before you know it, one of you will be gone.

Love hard.
Accept death and fear not.

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These are distillations from my coming book “YouDaimonia: the Ancient Philosophy of Human Flourishing.”

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Lucas A. Davidson

Born and raised a Yooper, I write daily philosophical meditations on Eudaimonia. These are distillations from my book on the topic!