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There was a time I believed that I’d live on after I died. This was undeniably comforting. However, I now realize that I was trading quality for quantity.
Meaning, I was living with reduced intensity, passion, and awareness of the present moment (quality) because in both the back and front of my mind there was an expectation that this life was just a stepping stone to another one.
Thing is, this life is real. Any afterlife is imaginary, no matter how appealing some concept of it might be. Nothing prevents us from finding tremendous meaning in this life, this moment, this action, this awareness.
In fact, I don’t see how genuine meaning could be found otherwise. Putting real living off for another life, where is the meaning in that?
If there is an afterlife, we don’t know about it, since we’re alive — not dead. The meaning of our existence is founded on our actual life after birth, not our imagined life after death.
Look around. This is it. This. Is. It.
Drink in that reality. More: get drunk on it. It’s intoxicating. What’s happening never will happen to you again. Not ever. Never.
Miss it, and it’s missed forever. Fail to pay attention to it, and that awareness is gone forever. Neglect to fully appreciate any priceless unrepeatable moment, and we have lost that meaning-richness.
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