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  • I think about death a lot. Whether it's ruminating over my sister's suicide and wondering what happened to her,

  • or just looking around at the people here and knowing that we're all temporary .

  • - "Ew, gross. There's a fly in my water." - "Someday, we'll all be a fly in water."

  • Or wondering how I'm gonna die.

  • "Let me know if you ever want me to come to your house…"

  • "just for fun."

  • - "She's gonna wear my skin. This is the last face I will ever see."

  • I think being mindful of death helps you truly live because it shifts everything into perspective.

  • You don't sweat the small stuff as much, it motivates you to do what you truly want to do,

  • and you start measuring your happiness by experiences, and how fulfilling your relationships are.

  • And sure sometimes it becomes incredibly overwhelming and you have to lay in bed

  • and just wonder what the point of all of this is, but it's impacted my life in beautiful ways.

  • Thinking about death has made me a more present human being

  • because it's a constant reminder that tomorrow is not a guarantee .

  • It makes me want to be a more compassionate and giving person

  • because when you're confronted with the idea of your own mortality you have to ask yourself:

  • like, what mark do I want to leave on this world?

  • How do I want to measure my self-worth and what is gonna make my life meaningful?

  • And knowing how impermanent and small I am in comparison to the vastness of the universe

  • I've kind of come to the conclusion that I would define my life a success

  • if I made meaningful art that inspired people, if I helped as many animals and human beings as I could,

  • and if I had incredibly loving relationships with my friends and family.

  • Being so obsessed with death at such an early age actually forced me to create a life philosophy,

  • and I encourage you to do the same.

  • This is one sentence that you can live your entire life by, it's like your thesis statement or a

  • mantra that resonates with you that you can come back to again and again when life's

  • finalities trick you into thinking you're going to be here forever.

  • spoiler alert : You're not.

  • Mine is, and has been for like the last fifteen years: "I love, therefore I am."

  • Let me know what your life philosophy is I would love to hear it.

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