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Lets Talk About Death

Because of the spread of Covid-19 doctors are now suggesting that we as a society start to talk more openly about death. I personally think it’s a fantastic idea, talking about it, not dying that is, although that’s open to debate also.

So whether or not Covid-19 proves to be as fatal as the experts are leading us to believe, it is important that we talk about death, because it is something that we as human-beings can’t escape from. We as a society have sugar coated death for too long, when someone dies we say they have ‘passed away’ or ‘crossed the rainbow bridge’, I’m sorry but what the fuck, when a person dies they don’t passaway, or cross a rainbow bridge, they are dead, simple as.

Why are we so scared of accepting the finality of death? When an animal goes to a slaughterhouse no one says they are going there to pass away or to cross the rainbow bridge, nope they are going to be killed, to die. We are nothing more than thinking animals, as much we like to think that we are different from the animal kingdom.

We live in an almost constant fear of death, whether death be physical or mental. We form attachments and we are scared of letting go because of the fear of feeling something. Also, we fear death because we are probably more scared of living, and of truly experiencing life.

Don’t Hide From The Reality Of Death

How many of us actually spend time contemplating our physical death? The very process of death? The process is fascinating and the more people personally study it, the less they will be scared of it. Naturally, there are many different ways we can die, the prefered is being safe in our own beds, but the reality is that some of us will die in a brutal way.

This is the inescapable nature of our reality. We should not run from death, but neither should we readily embrace it. When our time comes we should face it with as much bravery and dignity as we can muster.

Some people say they are not scared of death because they believe in Jesus, life after death or whomever, or whatever. That’s fine, and I certainly have my own thoughts on these things also, but that doesn’t change the reality of dying. I have worked in health care for 14 years and I have seen the many different ways that people handle the prospect of death. For some there is no fear, and they actually almost embrace that it will happen, then there are others who are defiant and don’t give a shit, and then there are the ones that are scared to death about dying.

It doesn’t matter what you think will happen when you die, whether it is sitting next to Jesus or being in a paradise with rivers of honey and all the virgins you could want. What you think of heaven is of no importance, because to get there you have to pass through the gateway we call death first.

So, my friends it’s time to embrace the opportunity to seriously contemplate death, and the process of dying. Nobody knows the time or the circumstances of their ending, but we all know that our ending is firmly set in stone because that is the nature of life on planet Earth.

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Covid-19, Do Not Fear!

If you have been in a coma for the last few weeks you may not know about this, but the world is in the grips of a pandemic. Sorry to break this to you, but things are currently not all happy, happy for many folks at the moment.

Many countries are choosing to go into lock down in one form or another, and lets face it, Covid-19 seems to be the hot topic for discussion both on and offline. I work in the health care sector and there is a subtle unspoken fear among many people, and I completely understand it. This is potentially one of the most dangerous things we have faced as a global society in many decades.

I have no intention of writing a post to generate even more fear, there are enough people doing that. I don’t even have any interest in talking about whether Covid-19 is man made or not, because there are many people making such a connection, just as there is every time a virus likes this takes grip. There will be plenty of time to point fingers once we as a global society get through this, and get through this we certainly will.

We can’t sugar coat the reality of this virus, people are dying and they will continue to die till this virus runs its course. This is the sad nature of this reality that we are experiencing. Nobody knows how bad things will get, there have been computer models done that project likely outcomes, but they are just that, models.

We can’t know for sure. We should not live in fear of Covid-19 or anything else in life for that matter. We should be prudent and take the relevant precautions. We should all have basic supplies of food and water on hand for I would say two weeks if you can afford it. If you are on medication, please make sure you have enough to last for at least a month if the area you live in goes into lock down.

I do not say these things to generate fear, I say these things because they are practical and common sense. It’s not about living in fear when you wear your car seat belt. You wear your seat belt because sometimes bad things happen, and it is prudent to not take unnecessary risks with your life, or the life of others.

There is a lot of good advice being given out by medical professionals concerning personal hygiene (hand washing) and social distancing (keeping more than 6 feet (2 meters) away from people. This isn’t fear mongering, this is how the virus is transmitted.

Despite Covid-19 life continues, and depending on how challenging your personal circumstances are, this can be a time to thrive and grow as a human being, or you can shrink from the challenge and pass up this opportunity to become more than you thought you could be.

Help people if you can, look after the elderly and the vulnerable, but make sure that you always cover your bases when it comes to your personal health and well-being. Keep your immunity strong by taking vitamin C and vitamin D3. You can’t help anyone when your dead!

Keep safe, and together we can all thrive on for many, many years to come.