No matter your belief about the afterlife, death is universally understood as the end of all known being. Death gives meaning to life, for life is often mundane, confusing and absurd.
Meditate on death in order to live a full life. Face pain in order to experience it honestly.
True happiness comes from a full acceptance of being.
And it is difficult. It is perhaps more difficult than you can bear, until you are asked to bear it.
This is life, and it haunts us all.
When a doctor came to tell me, “Enough is enough”
And told me something that I didn’t know that I wanted to hear:
That there was nothing that I could do to save you
The choir’s going to sing, and this thing is going to kill you
Something in my throat made my next words shake
And something in the wires made the lightbulbs break
There was glass inside my feet and raining down from the ceiling
It opened up the scars that had just finished healing
It tore apart the canyon running down your femur
(I thought that it was beautiful, it made me a believer)
And as it opened I could hear you howling from your room