What is it that people fear most about death? Great question huh? We do everything we can to keep death at bay. Pills, potions, organic foods, yoga, exercise, etc. All in an effort to stay young as long as possible; but death will come to us all, hopefully later rather than sooner.
I am not blogging about death today, but rather what plagues us in death; is it the fear of the unknown? Yes maybe. Is it fear of being gone from what and those we know? I would imagine yes, because that is what I don’t like feeling. Is it fear of leaving loved ones behind? Yes, I believe so.
I read in a book that the greatest fear in death is “being forgotten.” Wow, hadn’t really thought of it like that, but makes sense to me. I know I want to be remembered. I want to leave a legacy. I don’t want to be forgotten. I want to be remembered, not only by my family, but my friends, and if the truth be told I want to be remembered by the world. Maybe that’s a little ostentatious (or whatever the appropriate word for thinking I am worth remembering because I think I am so awesome) but like I said, I am just being honest. I want to leave a mark on this world in a major way.
Now, let me be clear here, I don’t want to be known for just anything. I want to be known for being and doing great things that ultimately will contribute to this world being a better place. For example, if I am remembered as the guy who loved God, his wife, his kids and those God has chosen to put in my life, that’s awesome! But I also want to be remembered as the guy who helped people have better lives, better marriages!
For those who love me and know me, don’t worry I haven’t received some, “you’ve got 6 months to live” message from the doctor or anything, I promise. I just have read a couple books about people in their last years of life and it has made me think about my own life. I plan on being around for many years, hopefully until my late 80’s, or maybe even 90’s! It would be cool to live to 100. Anyway, all that aside … I would image you, like me, want to live a life that matters and a life that is not soon forgotten.
So what am I trying to say in this blog? Simply that we should live a life that matters, a life that is memorable so we won’t have to worry about being forgotten in death.
Challenge: Live a memorable life!