Death comes for us all

Should we grieve more for one person and not another? Is a death more tragic if it is a young mother, or if it is an old spinster? Is it more sad if a child dies or if an adult dies who never really lived? Is it more tragic if a famous person or an unknown dies?

All deaths are meaningful.  All deaths are sad.  All deaths are different, but the same in important ways.  The homeless woman’s death is just as important as the Queen’s.  Death will take us all.  Death is the great equalizer.  It is the only guaranteed in this world.

We can pretend that death is far away.  We can pretend that it will happen another day, to another person.  We can pretend that we are special, but we aren’t.  All of us are going to die, one way or another.  Like it or not, you can’t escape it.  You can’t take your toys with you.  There are no guarantees of life, no do-overs.   Tomorrow never comes.

Until it does.  Don’t take it for granted.  Take it as a gift.  Don’t waste it. Every day is a new gift.  Every day is another chance.  Make that phone call.  Write that book.  Start that search for the job where you feel useful and needed and worthwhile, where you get to do what you feel called to do.  Go back to school.  Do whatever it takes to truly be alive, to live your own unique life.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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