“Now, I find it helps to see life as being like a book: Just as a book is bounded by its covers, by beginning and end, so our lives are bounded by birth and death, and even though a book is limited by beginning and end, it can encompass distant landscapes, exotic figures, fantastic adventures. And even though a book is limited by beginning and end, the characters within it know no horizons. They only know the moments that make up their story, even when the book is closed. And so the characters of a book are not afraid of reaching the last page. Long John Silver is not afraid of you finishing your copy of “Treasure Island.” And so it should be with us. Imagine the book of your life, its covers, its beginning and end, and your birth and your death. You can only know the moments in between, the moments that make up your life. It makes no sense for you to fear what is outside of those covers, whether before your birth or after your death. And you needn’t worry how long the book is, or whether it’s a comic strip or an epic. The only thing that matters is that you make it a good story.” -Stephen Cave
I watched this tedtalk by Mr. Cave called the “5 Stories we tell about death”. I watched it as I am struggling to deal with the reality that my grandfather probably wont make it another year. He has lived a long and good life but I keep wishing he had more time. He has done so much for me and seeing him struggle so with simply doing things day by day is terribly hard. The thought of death is not one many seem to focus on in today’s world. Simply put, I would rather live like I know I am dying than like I will live forever. It makes small moments big. It makes a hug so full of love you can barely stand it. It heightens everything. It turns a run or a book into something so incredibly valuable. Don’t forget death. Don’t lose sight of it. If you do that, you can beat it in my mind.