Tomorrow is not guaranteed

About 150,000 people die daily across the globe. If you are to believe the headlines any day of the week, you might be scared that death is coming for you. You will die. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but someday. You can live in fear of death or you can live a full life with each moment have. You have this moment. Please take it as a gift. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Death won’t send an invitation or announce its calling giving you an option to attend. Death isn’t required to RSVP or schedule an appointment but comes when your time is up.

Why are we so scared of the unknown?

Will you let the fear of death stop you from living?

Death is a friend to those who live a painful life.

People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.”– Jim Morrison

Death is coming. It’s unlikely a new virus will be the cause, although it has a lot of people emptying airports, stopping travel, and quarantining themselves in their homes either by choice or by mandate. Companies scramble to make work from home allowances so that people don’t come in contact with one another. Grocery store shelves are empty of food staples and cleaning supplies.

It is a good time to be cautious, not reckless. Live smart, not scared. Fear can stop you from living, but when more than 150,000 die daily, you are more likely to die in chance ways than from a new virus. Of the nearly 400,000 reported cases of coronavirus, you probably know that more than 16,000 people have died. Do you know that over 100,000 people have recovered, according to WorldOMeters?

The news will never lede with the coronavirus recovery headline, but if you catch the virus, you are more likely to recover than you are likely to die.

You are more likely to die in other freaky ways:

  • Food poisoning
  • Lightning strike
  • Drowning in a bath

We can be scared of the unknown or we can look at real numbers. Various Google searches reveal:

  • More than 100 people die annually in school shootings
  • More than 500 people, or 1 in 3 million flights, die in plane crashes annually
  • On average, 27 people die annually from a lightning strike
  • Nearly 1.25 million people die in a car crash each year
  • Almost 200,000 people die each year due to contact with pesticides
  • An estimated 14,000 people die in the bathtub
  • An average of 13,000 people die from earthquakes
  • About 9,000 deaths result from food poisoning

Death is something no one can escape.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”– Steve Jobs

News will have you hugging your loved ones and going into a bunker until the crisis is over. Instead, I’d rather follow the thinking of Buddha:

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”– Buddha

Infants and older people, or those who have a compromised immune system, may want to take additional precautions as you would during flu season:

  • Wash hands often
  • Begin or increase vitamin usage
  • Avoid touching the mouth and eyes
  • Seek medical care if symptoms develop

People who are generally healthy and have an uncompromised immune system should continue daily life with minimal impact.

A wise man said:

“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”– Martin Luther

Death will come, and when it does, it will probably be a surprise. Depending on who you are and how ready you are to experience death, you may not be prepared because you don’t know if there is a heaven or whether you’ll be admitted past the pearly gates.

If you believe in an afterlife, you may be ready to embrace death. Whatever wealth, status, or possessions you have accumulated cannot go beyond this life.

“After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.”– 1 Timothy 6:7

You can fear to die or you can fear to live. The choice is yours. Which will you choose today?