In my opinion I think people should rather attend funerals instead of trying to avoiding them.
Allow me to explain.
Perspective is formed when you are forced to face something you are trying to put off or avoid all together, and there really is nothing better than attending a funeral to put life into perspective.
I once again realised how short a person’s life really is while attending a funeral recently.
As I sat there in the audience, I watched this person’s entire life being summarised by a slideshow that was played; with everything they valued and everyone they held dear, all displayed through a series of photographs.
Even though I wasn’t personally there for any of those memories, I could easily see what mattered most to this person.
It is in that moment I thought ‘Your life is really only a series of photographs’. Life is what happens before, during and after each photograph taken.
What seemed like only a few minutes to the audience was someone’s entire lifetime. Every stage of their life was being shown, from infancy to old age, followed by a few stories from friends and family. This was their life in a nutshell.
As sad and depressing as this might sound, this really should make us sit up and take stock of the time we have available right now.
Am I making the most of life right now or am I simply squandering the time? Am I wasting precious minutes on something that might feel important to me now, but in the end won’t matter to me or anyone else watching my life on the screen?
Perhaps a question or two to think about every now and then.
One chance to make the most of it all.
What are we doing to ensure that we are not wasting precious time?
Imagine for a moment what your slideshow would look like at your funeral (at this point in life).
We are so easily caught in the business of life; sometimes unwilling to make peace with loved ones, entertaining doubts and insecurities, along with bitterness and anger.
While caught up with all these things we often fail to see the gaps we are creating in between each frame within our lives.
Each gap tells a story of when we were to “caught up” in life, choosing not to value anything specific or anything noteworthy. This is what many will reflect on when watching your life unfold before their eyes.
Your last chance to remind people what matters most.
I certainly hope that one day when people watch your “slideshow”, they will reflect on their own lives and take stock of what truly matters most.
Each one of us should aspire to live life to the fullest, making the most of each precious minute and inspiring those around us to do the same.
The truth is that life is extremely short and the sooner we realise this, the quicker we will choose to make the most of it.
Older people realise this. Sadly, it’s generally the younger generation who fail to see this, as they believe that they have all the time in the world ahead of them. Tell that to the many mothers and fathers who had to bury their sons and daughters.
But in a blink, you will wonder where all that time you had once has gone.
So, I say this again in the hope that you will give it some real thought – Your life is a series of photographs.
The question we should be asking is what will people see/experience when watching our lives through these series of photos displayed one day?
You have one life, make the most of it and inspire others to do the same.