Originally posted by Bad wolf
(just so no one is worrying about me, no, I am not dying, but this thread is to discuss the idea that I will die at some point)
I was scared to death of dying for years. Actually, until about a year ago.
Seriously. I don't have a heaven. I don't have a God. And I'm thoroughly convinced that when I die I'm nothing but worm food.
It's not a very happy thought.
To be quite honest, I was a bit jealous of religious people in that respect.
But religion is the opium of the masses. Why worry about now, when you everything is gonna be sorted out later on? And that always irritated me. The religious people don't want to change the present, because they shouldn't judge and that keeps me in poverty (par example).
Then one moment everything went quiet and I understood.
Nothing religious. No God. Just now. This exact moment in time.
That's all there is.
And worrying about death is thinking about the future, not living now.
Remebering the past is just that. It's not living now.
And all I can say is that you should try to live now. Don't worry about the rest. And if changing the world is what you want to do now, do it.
Try to empty your mind. Don't judge. Don't think. Just observe. And then everything seems so delightful. It's hard at first, your brain keeps racing away to futures that might be, to things you've done, to fantasys you have.
Drag it back to the now. Empty it and look, smell, feel.
Ultimately you might realise that it's now how long you live that's important, it's what you do in the meantime.
That's what Lennon meant when he said: "Life's what happens when you're busy making other plans."
Just live now.
And now? When I die I want to go in a big ball of fire screaming my lungs out. I want to go out with a bang. I want to die shagging!
You're only gonna die once! Why bother doing it while you're sleepin'?
Dying is like everything else. Enjoy it. Now. In the present. The bigger, the more funny. The more attrociously romantic, the better!!!
- The taosim of Pooh (easy read)
- Nothing (by a writer called Osho).