It’s what you do before death that is interesting.
Have you ever thought about your obituary? What would you want written about your life? How do you want people to remember you? I don’t find it macabre to consider this. I think it’s an interesting way to put your life into perspective, because when you think deeply about it, obituaries aren’t about deaths- they are about lives.
It is believed that obituaries began formally after the invention of the printing press. Before then, it was simply eulogies- the spoken word being the only way to commemorate the life of the deceased. When they first began, obituaries were simply factual accounts of death. It didn’t take too long, however, for obituaries to become poetic, lyrical, and thoughtfully worded accounts of a life, rather than accounts of a death. Again, death is dull and life is interesting.
If you want to be remembered as generous- then give generously. If you want to be remembered as successful- then work hard to be successful. If you want to be remembered as compassionate- then always show compassion. You will be remembered for how you lived your life, so live it well. Live your life they way you want it to be remembered. Chances are you won’t be the one writing your obituary so you better make sure that your life now reflects the qualities and accomplishments you want to be remembered for then.
Think about your obituary- write one for yourself now- and think of it as a to-do list for your life.