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Did you know there is no such thing as “a natural death?”
Humans don’t die of old age. It’s mind-blowing. We die when a specific part of our body fails. And so every death has a cause. A unique, definitive, singular cause.
It might be an organ that’s failing, an infection the body can’t stave off, or a hit to the system that’s too hard to stomach. But it’s never that we’re “too old.”
It’s the same thing with your car. Sure, it might be 20 years old, but it’s always one particular aspect of it that’s failing. A flat tire, a rusty door, a broken piston. It doesn’t just magically disintegrate.
So when we say “natural death” we actually mean that whatever failed to function did so quietly and internally - and thus allowed the person to just kindly drift to sleep.
Given death has many causes and they’re all rather specific, here’s an interesting, related question: What’s the biggest risk in your life?
You may think it’s an accident, catching a fatal disease, or going bankrupt and ending up on the street, but none of them are very likely. The biggest risk in your life is far sneakier and not directly concerned with how you’ll die at all: regret.
No matter how long your life will be, imagine arriving at the end of it and realizing: “Oh no, I wasted it!” Ironically, this is both far more dangerous and much more common than any sudden-death-scenario, yet we often completely ignore it.
Bruce Lee once said:
“We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate.”
Don’t be fooled. Just like there is no natural death, there is no one way to live a good life. There is only your way, and that’s all that matters.
Don’t let the 98% drag you into a life that ends in regret. Stand alone if need be. Trust your gut. Have faith in what you originate.
And when you finally do meet death, no matter what robe he wears that day, you’ll greet him as a friend.
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