Have you ever wondered how your life will end?
I don't usually think about death, but lately, I have been pondering this question. I have witnessed older relatives, who have been a part of my entire life, as well as some distant friends who have passed away due to incurable diseases or accidents.
These experiences have led me to reflect on my mortality and to consider how I want to live my remaining years.
I am not afraid of death, but I am curious about what lies beyond.
One particular story made me think and wonder about death: a not-too-close friend from when I was a teenager suddenly and tragically lost his life while body rafting. He was always very adventurous, loved nature, and had a special connection with rocks and mountains.
He taught me how to rock climb.
While I was of course very saddened by the news of his death, I also found some comfort in knowing that he died doing what he loved most: being outdoors in nature, climbing rocks. He didn't have to suffer through a long and painful illness, and he died doing something that brought him joy.
He lived a life that was true to himself.
We often delude ourselves into thinking that we are in control of everything and that we have endless time. But the truth is, we are all mortal, and our time on this earth is limited. We spend too much time complaining, taking everything for granted and wasting precious time.
We need to wake up and realize that life is short and that we should make the most of it.
Death can arrive suddenly, and we have no control over when it will happen. I wonder about the exact moment when life is ebbing away, the few seconds before, during, and after. Will I be conscious at that moment?
And where will I go?
These are questions that philosophers and theologians have pondered for centuries.
There is no easy answer, and it is ultimately a mystery to all of us.
However, I find it difficult to believe that death is the end of everything. After all, we are energy, intangible energy, and we are always connected.
Now that we have embraced the reality of the multiverse, I am more convinced that our life on earth is just one of many lives that exist simultaneously elsewhere.
Perhaps our consciousness transitions to another universe after death, or perhaps a new form of life is created each time one ends.
Whatever happens after death, I believe that it is something beautiful and mysterious. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience this life, and I look forward to whatever comes next.