Dealing with Mortality
Dealing with mortality is never easy. Doesn’t matter if it is human life or business life, seeing the end is difficult. Guess what, it is coming. Mortality is defined as a “state of being mortal” or susceptible to death. I know I dressed up as Mr. Incredible for Halloween, but I am well aware of my own mortality. It is a natural occurrence that as you age you start to be confronted with it more and more. Why, honestly, time is not deaths friend, the more time you’re alive, the more death you will experience. In the last week, haven’t you noticed I wasn’t blogging, I got pneumonia, and for a quick second, I thought ok, I might die (maybe that is a bit overstating it but it was bad). I’ve also experienced a friend or family member losing someone almost every month this year.
It got me thinking, how do you deal with mortality? I think we all understand the following:
1. We are going to go away someday, hopefully not soon, maybe soon, but certainly sometime.
2. At various points during our journey we will question everything, every decision, that’s ok.
3. At various points during our journey we will feel immortal, and make bad decisions, that’s ok too.
4. To the best of my current knowledge we get one crack at this thing called life, but heck, maybe not.
So, dealing with mortality, what do you do? I am not a big fan of just running around screaming YOLO (you only live once), candidly it seems to be air cover for, “I know I’m an a**hole, but YOLO”. I am always saddened when I hear that someone has lost a family member, dear friend, or associate. I always ask the same question, “did they live a full life?” Guess what, surprisingly, the answer is normally “yes they did”. Then I get to hear a story and that story is a positive memory that person had. I enjoy that and view it as a learning opportunity. I certainly hope that once I leave to go off to Super Hero Retirement that when someone asks, “did Allen live a full life”, everyone says, “absolutely, he dreamed big dreams, worked really hard, was always learning something new, and enjoyed the journey”.