I don't like to think about death. Especially my own. When my wife and I went to get our wills made, I asked the attorney to say "gerbiled" rather "died" whenever she needed to refer to my death.
Yeah, it sounded sort of ridiculous when the attorney told us, "So upon Brian's gerbiling, his estate will pass to..." But I was fine with ridiculousness so long as I could lessen the probability that I'd have to seriously envision my, um, eventual gerbiling.
No, I can say it now: eventual death.
I still don't enjoy pondering my demise. However, for some reason or other (passing age 60 and getting closer to the grim reaper?) I'm able to more closely embrace the notion of death and dying than when I was younger.
This allowed me to enjoy a TEDx talk by Keith Seckel filmed at last year's event here in Salem, Oregon: "Life and Death Matters." He's a good speaker with a wise message.
Those who die a good death are who they've always wanted to be.
Choose to live life fully.
We'll die the way we have lived.
Every moment counts.
Who do you want to be?
What will you choose today, in order to become that person just a little bit more than you were this morning?