While working on my book this past weekend I was writing about how some people have thanked me for my blog. Throughout the past couple of years several people have said that my blogged had helped to put into words something that they were feeling. When I hear those comments it’s incredibly rewarding and makes me smile. The funny thing is, there are so many more times when someone else helps me put words to my feelings and thoughts. Today was one of those times in which I was able to draw from someone else’s words to help me say what I’ve been thinking and feeling for a while.
As I’ve blogged about in the past there’ve been more than a few times in which I’ve spent time walking around a cemetery thinking about death. Never in a dark and depressing way, but in a way that helps me focus on enjoying my life more, remembering that my time is finite and to get as much of it as possible.
There was a song stuck in my head today by the Strumbellas. The title of the album it is on, the picture on the album, and the lyrics were all of interest in me so I hopped online to learn more. What I found was a quote from Simon Ward, their lead singer.
“I know it’s totally morbid and dark, but I honestly don’t see it as a dark and morbid thing! When I think of it, I’m not sad. It’s not a sadness thing. It’s a fascination thing. I don’t glum about like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe I’m going to die.’ More like, ‘Wow, this takes a big pressure off my life!’ ’Cause like, it’s not like we’re going to last forever, so just enjoy this life I have. It’s totally a positive outlook on death. It’s not like a sad, glum outlook.” – Simon Ward
He nailed it! That’s exactly the feeling I was talking about. It’s not ‘glum’ it’s more of a ‘positive outlook.’ Spending time in thought about death, remembering that one day I will die, reminds me to spend time doing the things I enjoy with the ones I love. My time is limited, I want to make the most of it. To quote one of their songs, “No I don’t want a never ending life, I just want to be alive while I’m here.”
With that thought in mind today I’ve taken time to make sure I’m enjoying every minute of the day. I’m so thankful today for someone else putting my feelings into words today, it has brought me more joy.