Don’t Fear the Reaper – Give Him a Grin

Death might be considered a morbid topic for many.
But let’s face it; death is the ultimate adventure all of us are going to take.

Grim Reaper

The famous American author Mark Twain chose to make light of the subject many times. He often joked about how dreadful the world would be if we were to continue to live forever.

We can all develop a better way of thinking about death through Mark Twain’s quotes on death. Below, you will find Mark Twain’s wry sense of humor regarding the concept of death.

  • Let us endeavor to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
  • Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others.
  • Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

So here we all are on this planet, in this solar system, in the Milky Way Galaxy, amongst the billions of galaxies in the universe. And whether we are 1yr old or 100 years old we have a duty to ourselves and our maker to do the most we are able to do with our lives before we die. That includes learning, enjoyment and service to others.

Henry David Thoreau said most men “live lives of quiet desperation”. So why is it that we consistently do those things which do not bring us happiness and fulfillment? Why?

Chris McCandless in the book” Into the Wild” gave us some thoughts to ponder.

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Twain, Thoreau and McCandless all shared a common thread in their thinking. Our lives are our own to live and we and nobody else ultimately determine how they will be lived for better or worse before we die. The outcome is almost entirely up to us. Yes there are circumstances beyond our control but for the most part we determine the path we will take each day and how we will respond to those things we cannot control.

Are you living a life of quiet desperation? Are you living a life of security, conformity and conservatism? Are you really living the live you would choose for yourself? If not, why not?

There are thousands of books and philosophical gurus out there more than willing to tell you how to live the life you want. Many even have some reasonable advice. But ultimately it is really your choice to live, pursue and enjoy the life you wish. It’s time to quit blaming everyone else.

And HOW do you do it. First ask yourself want you want, and then do what you have to do. It really is that simple. Do what you have to do to get what you truly want in life.

We do not say it will be easy, but it will be worth it. And when the time comes, grin and give the Reaper a high five. Live your life (the ultimate adventure) in such a way that even the undertaker will be sorry you are gone.

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