On Mortality…

Last night, my friends and I were chatting about the impacts of putting certain things on hold in order to accomplish others. Yes, we talk about stuff like that on an odd Sunday. At this stage in our lives, we are dealing with the consequences of decisions we made when we were in our early 20s, and recognizing the vast differences between all the various life paths each of us chose to take.

This is only step 1, if we’re lucky. But, not everyone gets to live through steps 2, 3, 4… and so on.

When thinking about specific things I’ve witnessed people delaying for the sake of others (a family for a job, children for vacation, a home for a hyper expensive but fun rental, a career for backpacking, financial stability for the latest trends, etc), I’m not sure whether it is because we tend to believe that life is short, so we go for the quick and immediate pleasures, or if it is because we actually believe that life is very, very long.

This presents an overwhelming paradox. If you are aware of your mortality, wouldn’t you make choices that would have more of a lasting impact? But, if you consider that the clock is already ticking, and could stop sooner than you expect, then perhaps you would make more fun choices. Or, if you are not aware of your mortality, perhaps you feel in no rush to get anywhere, and actually indulge in present moments.

The answers to these questions will always be different for everyone. I think that people generally have the tendency to ignore the fact that they could die, quite literally, at any given moment. Now. Now? How about now? Ok. Maybe later.

I’ve always been very aware of my mortality. Maybe that’s why I choose the hard path on most days. Maybe that’s why I am charging forward with the hope of making a lasting impact, and not really having much fun. It’s not the right or wrong way, but it’s mine.

We live and we learn, right?

In the comments section, tell me about your perspective… do you seek out instant gratification, or sacrifice for a future impact? How does your awareness of your mortality impact your decisions?

And remember… we design our own luck!


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