I want to be the greatest Human being that I can possibly be. I understand that when I die, I am no more. As I will be no more, the idea of any Valhalla beyond death is not in sync with my reality or understanding about the world, it begs to question then as to why I do not just end this one life that I have, as though courage and tenacity is solely reserved for the gullible. So then, I need to be the best me that I can be, for when I perish my time is done and all the good I’ve brought to light in others will live on. We each leave this realm twice: once when our biology suffers at the hands of time and the next at the very last whisper of our name. My motivation is to have the world improve upon its current state for those still to come, we have one ride and all too quickly it’s all but done. If I succeed in making the planet a tiny bit better, then when I return to dust, the world will be poorer for the loss and as such, put the memory of me far off, to a better place. I do not worry about the last time that I will go to sleep; just as I never worried before the first time that I ever woke up. Do not fear that which you do not understand, it is self-defeating once you know rather than believe, death is not meant to be comfortable; it is just final.
We are firmly placed on Mother Earth, a harbour for life and our vessel through the void of space. We go up and down, round and round; zooming through the Cosmos in order to adapt to the changes that keep their own pace. We are each and everyone a distinguished Astronaut; our Earth is but a simple seed, flung out and beyond by forces still unexplained. Against overwhelming odds in all of space and time, we have sprouted into consciousness: to love, to laugh, to cry and to eventually die. We flourish and enjoy, a species obsessed with the idea of pleasure, undisturbed by what results, nestled atop our mountains of gold and treasure. We are motes of dust, popping into existence to experience and learn, leaving behind our tick-tock in time, random and beautiful as it is. So much can go wrong and mostly it does, but when it goes right; when it is true and raw, there we find what it is we’ve been looking for. We are the survivors of our very own unique string; let the traits left behind fit the future we demand now, else our planet is doomed and mediocrity will sprout into full bloom.
This is a point in time, one we will never get back. What is important is not to dwell on what could have been, but rather to focus on what should be. We are helplessly caught in the wave of cosmic space-time, rolling along in the whitewash, gasping for air when we get a chance. This life is all but a silly little dot on a timeline undisturbed by our best efforts to be remembered, so then what to do, what to say? I vote to protect it and to keep it safe, make it into something we are proud of and equip it to make it out the other side in whatever future befalls us, let us build our pyramids now to last the eons. We are divided by constructs not of our choosing, handed down to us by the generations of past, disguised as necessities and dressed up to be something that it is not. If the world were equally alert of its place in the vastness of space, conscious of the amazing probability of us sharing this moment in time, aware of the fact that we are nothing more than the dust of Stars – what could be? Imagine the mindfulness that results, being in this together, not fearful of the other but embracing instead under a common message; to treat this world and all its inhabitants like it is the only one that we have and to interact based off of actions to avoid harm rather than inflict it.
We can be better than we were yesterday, today. Do not be born again, simply wake up from that self-induced slumber. Whatever your disposition, understand that it is one amongst seven billion, every single one knowing something you do not. We have a duty as the caretakers of this endeavour Earth, She gave us life and we reciprocate with unnatural destruction and death. If you were given an opportunity to have one shot to make it all right, one final push to ensure our collective well-being, wouldn’t you take it? This is it. This is now. Make it count for what its worth, do rather than say and give rather than receive. Where we see differences, we miss the all-important similarities. You are not alone, no matter what, in all of this verve of life I cannot help but say, “I love you all, today, together and forever.”
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