Practicing for death

Model of a coffin-MBA Lyon H1355-IMG 0517

A non-sequiteur from the cranky trenches, because I have a feeling someone out there today really needs to hear this, and I needed a reminder. This was when someone was explaining to me that I HAD to make Cinder go to kindergarten so he wouldn’t be miserable in grade one, and if I had been a thoughtful and considerate parent, I would have made him go to preschool, so he would be less miserable / more used to the idea of going to kindergarten.

I was very tired and cranky that day, and I said, “Well, by that logic, as we will all die eventually, we should practice lying in a coffin everyday from the day we are born.”

Then I got a visual of babies in cribs and seniors in restraints in nursing homes and adults sleepwalking through life…

Are you living your life practicing for death? I sure as hell am not.

Based on notes from Unschooling Canada post, September 22, 2007

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One response to “Practicing for death

  1. It is odd that we practice anything we don’t enjoy. If perhaps we practiced being joyful then death wouldn’t be a worry at all. Or any number of challenges we face in life. It is odd that for all those sharing their thoughts as they face death, “I wish I would have lived more, loved more, sat still more”, that we conintue to follow a path of discomfort because someone else said it was important. I would have been far more nasty in my response – but I’m far less patient. Perhaps I need to practice.

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