Today, 3 January, we celebrate Memento Mori, the day we are reminded of our own mortality; about the fact that, sooner or later, we all must die.

Certainty of death - a reminder to live.(© All Rights Reserved)
Certainty of death – a reminder to live.
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A latin phrase, literally translated as “remember you must die” or “remember your mortality”, Memento mori can be considered a depressing or morbid thought, but in a way it can also be an empowering reminder. By reminding us of our mortality, it reminds us not to delay, to get on with things, to tackle that challenge we’re always putting off, to do that crazy thing we always say we’d like to do one day.

In that sense, it’s an apt day to celebrate shortly after New Year, when our lofty new year’s resolutions are still fresh in our minds. Done anything about them yet? Two days of the new year are already behind you, so perhaps you should start getting a move-on…

Life is uncertain, and there aren’t many things that can be stated as a statistical certainty but your mortality is, sadly, one of those certainties. So come on, make the most of every day, live it full-on. While thinking ahead is important, it should never distract you from living in the present.

Don’t delay – Memento mori – do it now!


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