“I don’t fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach.”
~ Mary Roach
In the midst of life there is death. We all know this but we hate to think about dying. We resist not only the thought of dying but the actual act of dying to the fullest. Our goal? To live as long as possible – of course! Who wouldn’t want to have children, see said children have their own children, contribute to mankind, have a purpose bigger than ourselves or be the most awesome person in the life of another? Every.Last.One.Of.Us.
So we resist death because I guess it’s the natural human thing to do but living forever and dying later is sometimes more challenging than dying sooner and living better. Think about that for a moment because some of us have these additional considerations:
- How do you live with and look after a parent or loved one suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease?
- If these diseases run in your family, how do you consciously prepare yourself to die?
Let’s take a look at some stories where the thought of living vs. dying has evolved into letting go instead of holding on. Life is still for living; let’s do everything to live it to the fullest … while we still can.
Beth Malone | TED Residency: How my dad’s dementia changed my idea of life (and death)
Alanna Shaika | TEDGlobal2012: How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s