Death has been circling me lately.
I am not a morbid person and I do not bring this topic up in conversations, in fact, my first encounter with death was when I was 7. 3 of my close family members died within 8 months of each other. I have since had a hard time on and off with death.
Two weeks ago I met a death midwife in training. This woman is learning how to help people, who know they are going to die, through the dying process, like hospice, in the comfort of their home.
This weekend I cam across a video called Facing Death. Laurel Lewis who is featured in the video, lost her husband when she was 27. She was changed by her loss that she now looks at life differently. She says…
“Contemplating your demise is one way to figure out if you are living the life you want.” – Laurel Lewis
The one thing that is guaranteed for all of us is death.
We fear not getting to do or achieve all the things that we want in this lifetime. We fear not living out our purpose. We all want to leave an impact on the world, but we don’t always know where we fit in or how to make a positive impact.
One song that captures the essence of the fear around death and it’s finality is a song from Rent called “One Song Glory.” This post isn’t meant to be morbid or a downer. It’s asking you to shift your perspective on the way you are living your life, if you are even living it at all? What will be the one thing that will draw you to action? Is it death? Or is it the life that you have right now with each passing moment of inaction?
As someone who is mindful, who is always looking at areas to grow and expand my awareness, I too get caught up in risks that I don’t take out of fear. This blog was created to push my fear of complete vulnerability and my life since has been based on facing fear.
“The death bed experience tends to be reflective of one’s relationship with life. If you want to die well, then do your best to life well.” – Laurel Lewis
Make a list of all the things you want to do, and start making active steps toward them one step at a time.
“One Song Glory” by Jonathan Larson – Rent
One song glory, one song before I go
Glory, one song to leave behind
Find one song, one last refrain
Glory, from the pretty boy front man
Who wasted opportunity
One song, he had the world at his feet
Glory, in the eyes of a young girl
A young girl, find glory
Beyond the cheap colored lights
One song, before the sun sets
Glory, on another empty life
Time flies, time dies
Glory, one blaze of glory
One blaze of glory, glory
Find glory in a song that rings true
Truth like a blazing fire, an eternal flame
Find, one song, a song about love
Glory, from the soul of a young man
A young man, find the one song
Before the virus takes hold
Glory, like a sunset
One song to redeem this empty life
Time flies and then
No need to endure anymore
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