A reminder to live
When someone close to you dies, it can be really hard. But it can also be a really good chance. Only those who have experienced this will truly appreciate it, but having someone close to you die is a reminder for you to live. Once it happens, a lot of the little things start to lose their importance, and our focus turns to the bigger picture. This reminder to live is an excellent motivator and it’s something that we need a constant reminder of, but if the only way to get it is through someone dying, then obviously we need another way to experience it.
Anyway, a friend’s father died recently, and I did what I wished someone did to me sooner. I asked him straight up how he felt about it. I’m really glad I did, he opened up, and we were able to share a precious moment that deepened our relationship remarkably. I got the same feeling I had three years ago, and that is that death is a reminder to live.
Don’t wait for someone to die on you, don’t wait for sickness to strike. Get out there and do what you want.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.
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