If you believe that you’ll live another hundred years, that’s one thing. But what if you believe you’ll live forever?
Death is only a checkpoint.
There is no more urgency of self. I am safe no matter what happens to me. The urgency is for everyone else. Because every day, people die not thinking about forever.
Today my last day is a scary thought. But what if I have infinite days just like today left. My life becomes less about me and more about everyone else. I like to think that I’ll be a professional golfer in heaven. But while I’m here, I’ve got to do things that matter.
If I remove death from my equation, life becomes less scary, less about me. Death is just a stepping stone between this life and the next. So I can’t be distracted by the things of this world as I prepare for the next one.
When you remove the end point of your life, you can begin to smooth the curves. To accept the ebbs and flows that are this world. But not only accept the ebbs, embrace them. Because if the choices are to suffer now or later, I choose to suffer now. Because my life is much, much shorter than eternity.