Dealing with death

Death is the only certainty in life. We have to accept that it will happen at some point and there will be no second chance. This does not just apply to ourselves of course. Death can strike at any moment to anyone including our friends and family. When this happens we have to be strong and live on. We should not be too surprised or sad either. We should celebrate the lives they had and be glad for the time we had with them. If we let it halt us from moving on we end up wasting the bit of time we still have.

The finite nature of life makes it more scarce and precious. When someone’s time has come that’s just how it is, no matter how sad we get it won’t bring them back. We have to pick ourselves up and carry on. It would be inconsiderate towards the dead to squander the time we still have since they don’t have that luxury anymore. To throw away the chance to experience life and make the best out of it while others don’t have that option anymore  adds insult to injury. When we do so we take our own lives for granted. You could compare it with throwing away perfectly good food with a starving friend in front of you.

Yes, when loved ones die it affects us and we have every reason and right to be sad., but we have to carry on nonetheless. While we are still here we should try to prevent taking life for granted and make something out of it. 



  1. Roberto Lorè

    Nice thoughts Adriaan. Our time is limited and we ought to fully enjoy it. You surely have already watched Steve Jobs’ speech. His third story was about death. It was emotional as he experienced in first person the cancer.

    • yumeyo

      Thanks Roberto. Yes I saw Steve Jobs speech and indeed he gave a good account of the first hand experience of having just limited time left to go. I experienced it up close from the other side of the story when I lost my dad to cancer. Definite wake up call and reminder of how short and precious our time here is.

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