Since I was a little kid, I had little fear in my heart. So, whenever life presented me with someone who was bigger and stronger than me, I used whatever weapons of warfare I could muster to push them off. Those weapons were mainly my big mouth and embarrassing fighting skills.
As a result, I got beaten up more times than I want to admit or remember. But truth be told, I grew up to be a fairly tough kid who takes no shit from nobody. A lot of people mistook my immature attitude with courage. But this wasn’t the full story. It was also a little bit of foolishness, recklessness, and stupidity. But now I know those insignificant displays of anarchy were merely my attempts to declare how much I disrespected death.
I never really thought about death or understood what it represents or stands for. I was too busy living. Too fast to stop. Too young to understand.
I still think of death as a sad reality. Something I know one day I would have to face. Just like everyone else. I never based any life decisions (big or small) on the fact that, one day, I am going to die.
But death is the only thing that gives life meaning. Without it, nothing we ever do or achieve would ever matter. If we know we are going to live forever, then who the fuck cares about anything anymore. There is infinity . . and nothing else matters.
Death is what gets you out of bed every morning. Death is the driving force behind all of humankind achievements. That little deep fear in our hearts that one day we will die and fade into oblivion. That the world will move on. That we really don’t matter at the end.
That is why every day we try so desperately to leave a mark behind. Something the world to remember us for. This is why Michael Jordan didn’t stop after the first championship, and went to win six. This is why it is not enough for Elon Musk to run this planet and wants to colonize Mars. This is why Picasso kept painting and Jimi Hendrix kept playing the guitar, all the way to the end.
And this is why you are not making progress or achieving greatness; because you still didn’t comprehend that death is God’s ultimate gift to mankind. This is why you lack motivation. This is why you are not inspired. This is why you are not committed to your mission.
Write this down because you won’t find it anywhere else. Not in your religious texts. Not in your best-selling self-help books.
Death is the only caliber. The only criteria to measure anything in this world.
Death is the only master worth serving.
“You are born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I am living like there is no tomorrow, because there is not one.” – Mad Men.