As we progress in age, our acceptance of our mere mortality takes on a new sense of urgency. For most of us this begins at or around turning 50 years young. Suddenly you may find yourself urgently introspective...as though you need to pick the lock of the vault containing all of life's secrets...as though your sanity depends on knowing these answers...and soon. That certainly happened for me, although I have always been introspective, it took on a life of its own when I was 49 and has only progressed into my 50's.
As an avid sleuth and lover of all things puzzle, I like to find answers...we all do...it's human nature, but I also enjoy the journey of discovery. It's part of who we are...we are here to find answers, but not all at once or there would be no life span. Every answer will be revealed, but in its proportionate time. Patience can be the toughest part of all. It's like the bible and the Byrds said, “To everything Turn, turn, turn, There is a season Turn, turn, turn, And a time to every purpose under Heaven, A time to be born, a time to die, A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal, A time to laugh, a time to weep...” Truer words were never spoken. It's as though we know that life slips past us like in the blink of an eye and, being one of, if not the only species that knows it has a shelf life, we feel a sense of urgency to discover our unique purpose and live it out before we pass through to the end of this cycle of life.
Some of us fear the end of our life cycle and some of us embrace it, but do you know what it actually means to die? None of us do...not consciously anyway, but we all have a sense or have had an experience that stays within us and reminds us of who we were and where we were before we were here. “Death,” as we refer to it, isn't an end, but rather a transition toward something new...it is a belief in something else...in a transition...in a new beginning...in another realm, in another plane of existence. Some see this transition as a scary, dark and negative thing, but I know that it's meaning is just the cessation of life as we understand it in this existence only, not all existences...you will not cease to exist, but rather will exist somewhere else.
We all have our own ideas, nay beliefs, as to what death might be, but I also believe we have a sense of what it really is within our souls. Why don't we consciously know for sure? If we knew where we came from within each lifetime, the chances are great that we would either not want to stay where we are now as is meant to be, and/or that we would let who we were then shape who we are supposed to be now. Either way it is best that we not know who or where we were in order to give each new transition a fair chance.
Patience is the key and the most difficult answer for many of us. Waiting for anything requires much patience but these addages ring so very true, “Patience is a virtue,” and “Good things come to those who wait.” The most important part is to recognize and appreciate all the things you have and all the things you are and to be grateful for the journey...live in the now and work toward the future.
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