Don’t Take Life Too Seriously. You’ll Never Get Out Alive

Tell me a name of one famous dinosaur, and I’ll tell you why I don’t take life too seriously.

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Tell me a name of one famous dinosaur, and I’ll tell you why I don’t take life too seriously.

I understand that I shouldn’t be comparing humans with dinosaurs. They were totally awesome creatures, after all.

And huge, for another thing.

But a lot like them, we too will seize to exist one day. Which puts us all in the same league.

I can almost hear someone shout out the word immortality at me. That’s another reason for me to prefer dinosaurs. Although there might have been some stupid dinosaurs too, we’ll never find out.

I don’t want all of us to die, just to prove a point. But really who needs an infinite amount of time? There’s no fun in that. Besides the thought of it is going to kill us all anyway, or at least turn everyone insane.

We are all going to die someday, and I want you to feel good about it. I’m not mad, at least not a hundred percent.

What I’m trying to say is death is not to be feared, but to be thought of as a deadline to live. Your task is to live, death being your deadline.

You’ve to live. Until you die.

What stops you from not doing the things you love? Don’t put off everything you love until tomorrow, it might never come. Or the things you want to do today might not matter to you tomorrow. And it will leave a void, in place of what could have been a memory, an experience.

We all have a choice. It’s just that not all of us are brave enough to choose the one we know to be right.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Professor Albus Dumbledore

It doesn’t have to be something you’re good at. But what you most deeply desire.

Stop following someone else’s path of right and wrong. You’re not them.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. — Marcus Aurelius.

Stop living a life of an impostor. You’re only fooling yourself.

You’re just a speck in the universe and yet enough to make a dent in it. But do you really want to?

I don’t take myself too seriously.

When things don’t look too good. I close my eyes. I try to picture myself sitting on my bed. Then zoom out and see myself in my bedroom. A further more, I imagine my house among the hundreds of others that surround it. Then my city.

Though it’s almost always a Street View image from Google Maps that pops inside my head.

But you get the idea, right? Next, the whole world. And then our universe among many others. I’m not stretching it too far, and even if I’m that’s the whole point of this exercise. To realise that we exist merely as the tiniest dot, with respect to the universe and beyond. And how small are our biggest troubles compared to this vastness.

You should try it, right now.

I’ll not credit myself with this exercise. I only wanted to share something I learned a long time ago, in a galaxy far far.. Oh I’m sorry, I got carried away. But it’s an exercise I’ve grown rather fond of, over the years.

There’s another thing I take away from the above exercise. Our existence beyond walls, beyond borders, under the infinite sky. It fills me with a sense of warmth for everyone else. Breathing, fighting their own battles.

Aren’t we all the same, and yet different at the same time?

It might sound like it, but honestly I’m not preparing you to join forces against the Night King. While Game of Thrones is life, life is much more than a game of thrones.

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