Reminding yourself of your own death can give meaning to your life today.
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase meaning 'remember you must die.'
One day, we all die. What sounds obvious often isn't in our minds. We tacitly assume that we will live forever — that we will have enough time to do what we want to do or to tell someone what we want to tell them. While we fear death when we think about it, we act like immortals in what we desire and do.
But our finiteness is the only truly certain thing we know of. We simply don't know when our time will be over — it might be later or sooner than we expect. But it will be.
This finiteness gives meaning to what we do today. It adds a sense of urgency to paying attention to what matters — because we won't have infinitely more opportunities to do so.
We might thus use death as the ultimate reminder of that how we spend our time every day is what matters.
"I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it."
"Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time."
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.”
— Marcus Aurelius
➞ Start with this video to get a quick understanding about the value of being mindful of your own mortality.
➞ Watch this video section and fully feel the inspirational power of 'Memento Mori'.
➞ If you want to understand how Eastern religions and traditions make us of death reminders, read this section on Wikipedia.
If this idea resonates with you, some of these resources might add value to your life.
Sum - Forty Tales From The Afterlives
The Power Of Now
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, And Joy
The Little Book Of Stoicism
Tao Te Ching
Dao De Jing
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
The Obstacle Is The Way
Ego Is The Enemy
The School Of Life
Thich Nhat Hanh
Man's Search For Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
The Story Of Philosophy
The School Of Life: Eastern Philosophy
Lex Fridman Podcast
The Daily Stoic
Philosophy For Our Times
Pursuit of Wonder
Academy of Ideas
The School of Life