Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Death is inevitable but we should ....

“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk quotes

In the past few week I have come to celebrate the birth of nephews and nieces...In the past few week I have come to celebrate the birth of nephews and nieces and birthdays of the young ones.. I watch my self in the mirror as I grow a year older a couple of days ago and in a couple of week will watch my junior do the same.

However last night I received news a relative that I admired and respected passed on. We all say death is inevitable and, whether willingly or unwillingly, everyone passes on but it is upon death of people around us, especially people close around us that we will reflect.

When my cousin that I loved and respected a lot passed on early this year, there was a lot of anguish and there was more pride and the journey he had accomplished battling cancer and life's obstacles to get to where he is.

Last night when the uncle passed away, I too reflected, in a day and age where earthquakes and tsunami are taking place, bombs flying from ships to land, the world that gripped in disputes and overthrowing of governments, there remains one fact that is undisputed, Death. No matter what religion, group or sect one may be attached to, the fact of dying is not refuted.

I watched how this uncle and he loving wife raised their children, brought them up and accomplished is a mile stone it self, and he had laid many milestones in his life.

I look at the world I am living in, what I am providing for my junior, what I cannot provide for him and realise its not a bad patch of cabbage where we are not. I have lived with the roll of the dice, while some may have a difference of opinion, I can still smile. Yeah death is inevitable but I am living life on step at a time.

Births should be celebrated so must death. Not the passing but the life that was lived. I have echoed this fact many a times to my cousins and friends, should the time comes for me to pass on... have a wake, no crying but enjoy the life that was lived...remember me for that!!

The best quote I can choose to tell about this Uncle is from the movie The Last Samurai

Emperor Meiji [about Katsumoto]: Tell me how he died.
Nathan Algren: I will tell you how he lived.

1 comment:

Lyne said...

Yes, dying is not refuted but have you heard of this remarkable divine paradox that to die means to live? Death is inevitable and that is why the most precious gift to a loved one is the gift of eternal life.