I’ve been trying to make all of you realize just how precious life is and that throwing yours away (sometimes literally) isn’t the answer but in doing so a question occurred to me.
What exactly makes life so precious in the first place?
I mean, any daft pillock can engage in coitus or donate an egg or a bit of bodily fluid to help create another human being so it’s not as though being born is a major accomplishment. So what is it that makes life so valuable we should never even consider giving up on it?
#55: Time That’s Constantly Slipping Away.
The finite nature of life is what makes it worth fighting for. The concept of immortality sounds great on paper, doesn’t it? Besides spiders and mother-in-laws, humans fear growing old more than anything, in my humble and Canadian opinion. Remove that fear and you’re laughing!
For two hundred years at least.
Then you’re going to start to get bored, depressed and lonely. In that order.
What do you have to live for if you live forever? Eventually you will have done everything. (With everyone.) Food. Art. Travel and adventure. Sexual acts. None of them will hold any meaning once you’ve experienced them repeatedly. And one can only assume that being immortal means you’ll be unable to feel pain, so will you even care about other people if nothing literally phases you?
Mortality may suck the big one at times but my late mother certainly would’ve given anything to shed hers as bone cancer ravaged her body. But she would’ve eventually realized that living forever is a living hell not a blessing. I didn’t want to let her go but it wasn’t my choice, was it? All we can do is control how we play the hand we’re dealt – but you can’t wait too long to make that choice.
So embrace time for the gift it is. Take a breath, exhale and… Hold. Let time wash over you and wait for clarity and a new perspective to kick in. With any luck you’ll be amazed at the results.
See you in the lobby, kids…