There is two words that come to us from ancients that we should remind ourselves of, in every situation, every minutes and every seconds: “Memento Mori” – remember that I will die.
Most of the ancients talk about death in their books and arts from Seneca to Epictetus to Marcus Aurelius. In the face of death, every thing falls apart. Every regret, guilt, shame, success, pleasures, happiness and every failures are minute in the face of death.
Stoics talk about death and they reminds us that we don’t live forever and they drags us back to reality. “You could live life right now, Marcus Aurelius said. Let that determine, what you do and say and think.”
It’s true that our death reminds us to focus and live present moment. There is a quote that Seneca told which fascinates me: “This is our big mistake: to think we look forward towards death. Most of the death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death.” What he means is that do not think that you are moving towards death; every second you have passed is death. It means we are dying everyday. It’s like: The hour I spent on the couch, I died one hour of my day.
“You are scared of dying – and, tell me is the kind of life you lead really any different than being dead?” Seneca questioned bluntly.
Marcus Aurelius explains the hard reality of death and quotes: “Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly.”