A friend & I were walking together the other day & the term “near death experience” came up. For some reason the phrase “near life experience” popped right into my head.
And what immediately followed was the thought that I suspect there are people so afraid of living – really, really living, full out – that they might as well be having a near life experience.
Me, I like to think I live full out. Not afraid to die (or not super-afraid, at any rate!), not afraid to live.
(I wonder if the people who hang so tenaciously onto life – fear death & can’t seem to let go – have also for the most part been afraid to live for most of their lives. Afraid to die… because they’ve never really lived.)
Heck, I dunno. Just speculating here.
I do think it’s too bad that so many of us seem to spend so much of our lives being afraid. Afraid to live, afraid to take risks, afraid to make changes, afraid to tell the truth…etc. etc.
But then, the wise folks tell us we’ve been living in a fear-based culture for thousands of years.
Sounds pretty right-on to me!
Here’s to life (Life!) experiences – not sad, pathetic near-life ones!!
P.S. I wrote about a "near death experience" here.
‘Quote of the day' w. this post: “Safety is the most unsafe spiritual path you can take. Safety keeps you numb and dead. People are caught by surprise when it is time to die. They have allowed themselves to live so little.” – Stephen Levine