We can't avoid it. We can't ignore it. We can't do anything to get rid of it. The only thing we can do is prolong it, prepare for it or just accept it. In the end, everything has to come to an end, even a person’s life.
Why is death so greatly avoided in today's society? It's almost all that's shown on the news. Today's news consists of either death or the lives of celebrities which not many of us will see, unlike death which all of us will face. Whether it will be our own or someone close to use, it could even be the death of a friends friend, or someone we never met yet our parents knew. Everyone will face death sooner or later. So that brings back the question; why is death so greatly avoided in today's society?
It could be to not get anyone upset. Loosing someone, whether human or animal, can be a horrific experience. I myself lost 2 cats. When my first cat died, my parents told me he ran away and it wasn't until 3 years later that I learned the truth. My cat Maxie had gotten run over by someone and just pushed to the side of the road, left to rot. His death I handled well because over the years I started to suspect something happened to Max and began to accept that he probably was no longer alive.
Simba's death however, didn't come as settling news. When Simba didn't come home after a few days, I started to search for him around my house. After a while I came across his dead, half eaten body. I cried for hours. Even to this day, even though its be little over a year, I can't help but think about him. His death was an unexpected one to me.
If I had known of Simba's death, would I have handled it differently? The answer is probably yes.
So why does no one like to mention death? Is it because its negative? Possibly but talking about something negative can turn it into a positive thing. Maybe if we took the time to prepare for death, things would be different. People would handle it differently, less of it would be shown on the news and it wouldn't be as saddening.
I personally think that it's not death that saddens people, it's the sudden shock it brings that upsets them. One moment a loved one is here and then the next they're gone. Immediately you start thinking of all the moments that could of been shared with that person. Instead we should think of all the good moments had.
Now is the time to take a minute and look at our close relationships and imagine what life would be like without them. Look back at the good times shared with them.
If there are many then be thankful that there are that many pleasant memories and times shared. If there are more bad memories then good, go and change that. Sometimes it can be hard but take things one step at a time. I'm not saying that isn't saddening, it is. It's just up to us to prepare for it because it’s a part of life.
I myself am not afraid of death. I'm just afraid I haven't lived enough.
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