For most of my life, I have given much thought to death; usually, my death. So much so that while this is the first time I've put it down in writing, I expect to post more than once on the subject.
I'm sure, in my youth, that death was often an escapist fantasy, as in, "they'll [insert name of: parents, ex-boyfriends, friends I'm in a fight with] be sorry when I'm gone!" I was never more suicidal than the average teenager but I honestly expected to die at a relatively young age, usually of some untreatable disease. I romanticized death, imagining myself fading slowly but bravely and possessing some kind of amazing strength about the whole ordeal.
Interestingly, though, I ponder my death more now as an adult, and especially as a follower of Jesus, than I ever did in my childhood. I have imagined myself dying in all manner of ways, and I never resist them. By not resisting, I mean that I see myself welcoming death, in any form.
Weird. I know.
I could expound more in any number of directions at this point, but I feel I should mention that I love my life. I really do. In fact, I think I have one of the greatest lives possible, full of incredible love, endless adventures, amazing friends, extraordinary opportunities, blessed miracles....you get the point. I don't have regrets. I embrace my choices. I look forward to each day.
And yet, in some ways, I long for death. People living deeply have no fear of death - Anais Nin
Perhaps it is because I enjoy my life so much that I am able to give it up. I don't feel like I've missed out on something or that I didn't accomplish all that I could. I feel ready, at any moment, to say good-bye and be content with how far my journey has come. I am at peace in my relationships; most importantly, with God and with myself. I can confidently say that I've left nothing unsaid.
"Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die" - Amelia Burr