Today is Memento Mori Day, a tradition started in ancient Rome that serves as a reminder that we will all die, one day soon.
I am not a spiritual person, yet thinking about my own mortality is something I try to do everyday. There is nothing more liberating than thinking about death (here’s the perfect explanation as to why from the absolutely-genius blog Khourisms (Arabic)).
From a famous Steve Jobs speech: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 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. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
So yeah. Memento Mori.