Is death the opposite of life?
This question had me wondering is death the actual opposite proposed force of life. I googled it to see what I could find….I mean google will tell you everything right (ha!). Actually I just have this intense need for knowledge when I am interested in something. If I like a book I find out everything I possible can about the author, how they wrote it, why they wrote it, etc. The same goes for Movies, TV, and various other random things that pop into my head.
I found that basically people just kept saying that death is not the opposite of life; it is the opposite of birth. Both are actions that are relative to life, they start and end life. To me death is just the end of your psychical being. How we are remembered, our thoughts, our actions, our stories played out by future generations are us living through time. We could be remembered for hundreds of years, or we could be remembered for just a few moments throughout someone else’s lifetime.
I guess to understand death we have to understand life. I mean we understand birth right. Nine months, agonizing labor and pain, and then bam we are here. But, death we just can’t seem to understand. It is said that the mind is still active for a few minutes after we are clinically dead (which is the stopping of the heart). It is “said” that this is when we see our lives flashing before our eyes. But, my question is. If we are seeing these things and we know we only have a few minutes left wouldn’t that be the cruelest thing in the world? Unless we aren’t consciously aware that death is upon us and the memories are playing like a movie that we have no control over. The entirety of death is just ridiculous. Why should we even have to die? What’s the point of only having this short amount of time especially when so many people just don’t use it wisely.
So is death really the opposite of life? Well what if you never live, than you never die because you aren’t fully using the promises that life has for you? A quote from my book (about my grandfather who was a moonshiner that my dad and I are writing), “They say you ain’t ever lived until you died, well you aint ever died until you lived.”
You can’t die if you don’t live. Your body can stop. Your heart can no longer beat. But, you don’t die if you aren’t living to begin with. If you aren’t taking the time to absolutely live and soak up your moments in time than, aren’t you already dead? Maybe your physically there but, if you put no effort into living your life, than how will you ever come to have a life?
Life should be experienced with moments that mean something. Those moments that will evoke emotion in you and challenge yourself, and your surroundings. Life should be full of ups and downs so that you can fully understand your fulfillment of your time on this earth.
Life should be love. Love should be spread through your thoughts and your actions. Your actions should be reflected on those around you and spread throughout their lives and their children’s lives. We are all connected in this place, our actions stay with others throughout their lifetimes and future generations.
A few people who have changed, shaped and affected people that you know or maybe even yourself:
Martin Luther King Jr. (positive)
Mohammad Ali (positive)
These people for various different reasons have had their actions resonate throughout multiple generations. Touching lives, changing lives, and shaping lives. Your actions are the same. You have the same power to change the people around you in either positive or negative ways.
When we come to our last moments you aren’t going to have time to remember all of the bad things unless that’s all that is left in your mind. So fill your cup to the fullest, forget the people who aren’t worth remembering, and remember the people you overlook so often. You can’t ever fully live until you realize how precious your time is.
Life has no opposite. It is what it is.
You are the only one in the driver’s seat. So go out there and LIVE!
Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous day!