I walk past this cemetery every day. I always look, but most times, I think nothing of it. I have noticed that there is a playground right next to it and, at one time, thought that was an interesting juxtaposition, but gave it no further thought.
The other day, I noticed that there are always fresh flowers near the headstones. Someone, or perhaps, many people come and take the time to commemorate their dearly departed. Humans have many rituals in relationship to death, yet, we have no idea of what it is, and we cannot stand to have things be ambiguous, so we come up with mythologies about what happens after life. If we’ve been good, we get to go to a better place, if not, a worse place. Or perhaps we pass into the spirit world, or maybe we just cease to exist … how about we go back into the energy pool and wait to be reincarnated as something/someone else to pay our karmic debt? Who knows?
I was thinking that when that day comes for me, I would like to have a pretty large insurance policy in place for those ‘left behind’. The stipulation on getting this money would be that you do that which you have always wanted to do but, for whatever reason, you’ve not done it. Open a business to get out of the corporate world, take the trip of a lifetime, do something that fulfills your soul.
Death, as I see it, is not a bad thing, it is just another event in life, perhaps the final one. Surely, it can be a great reminder that there is no promise of tomorrow, or the next minute, and fear is certainly the enemy. Time is precious and there is only now. Yesterday, a memory. Tomorrow, an idea, a thought. What will you do with ‘now’?
It’s interesting how once you cross a certain age and you realize that you probably have fewer years left than you have lived, based on the averages, that you have lower tolerance for games, delay, fear, or anything that is not working for you. Some get it. Some don’t. I wonder how many of those on the other side of the dirt got it before ‘the end’. I wonder. Naturally, I am talking to and reminding myself.