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Jan 07, 2019 17:45:55

Memento mori

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Stoicism talks about the concept of memento-mori. An object or a thing that can remind us of our mortality and death. By looking at it once in day, we reinvigorate ourselves and appreciate our life in a better manner.

Modern day saint, Steve Jobs, has said it better: 'Death is very likely the single best invention of life'. In his famous commencement speech he reframed it as, β€œYour time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.”

For me such a epiphany came after a near-death experience with my father’s health  situation, almost a decade. My father is known for being stickler of habits and diet. He is known for his healthy lifestyle and yoga. Yet, he caught a tuberculosis infection after a vacation at Mumbai, which is notoriously known for TB. We had diagnosed it quite late, by then it grew complicated and turned our life upside down. It took some surgeries, an episode of paralysis and almost 6 months of time, for things to be normal.

Luckily, I was blessed with a family, who were extremely supportive of my Dad to take care of him and see him back to work hale and healthy. It gave a unique and lifelong learning of people who are important to me. It also gave a hard hitting lesson on people who even though were relatives but not important. 

This entire incident happened when I was in my late twenties. I had just gotten married too. But surprisingly, myself as well as my support wife handled this entire thing in a matured fashion. I believe my phase of adulting started after that jolt-like incident. This experience still helps me handle any life situation in composed manner.

Do you have such experience? If yes, I would love to hear more about that.


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    @santhoshguru
    Cheers for your dad.
    I take care of my 93 yr old mom.
    All siblings live far away. They seldom visit and rarely call. I got her a chromecast and she happily surfs old movies on you tube and watches on her TV. I promised her she would never go to the nursing home. So, she watches her movies and I build sales funnels and write in my office down the hall.

    Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Jan 08, 2019 04:04:56
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      @RealNegotiator That's great to know. Living with one's parents after their retirement is a completely different experience. I too am living with my parents. I really cherish this experience of my son growing up among my parents.

      Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Jan 08, 2019 17:25:31
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      @santhoshguru :)
      Actually, my mom lives with me and I'm the one retired. At least I was until that devil of #HustlePorn Gary Vee tempted me.
      https://markjarmstrong.com/

      Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Jan 08, 2019 20:00:31
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    @santhoshguru A powerful reminder. Glad to hear your father survived the ordeal. My mom went through the same thing 2 years ago and is now better. It stands as a great reminder of memento mori.

    KP avatar KP | Jan 07, 2019 18:40:22
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      @kp True, this experience really re-configures your brain and gets your prepared for many challenges in life with ease. Glad to know that your mom is doing well.

      Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Jan 08, 2019 17:26:41
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