As human beings, we love stories. It’s the way we connect, express and understand each other. And, every good story has a moral or lesson that can be applied to our everyday lives. In Mexican tradition, the story says people die three deaths. The first death is when your body ceases to function. The second is when the body returns to mother earth. And, the third and final death occurs when no one alive remembers us. Something that I contemplated as I walked through the Mayan ruins in Tulum this past April. What’s my story? How long before my third death?
Isn’t it true that a deep understanding of death is required to truly understand life? For one can’t exist without the other. And do we not die when we sleep to be reborn everyday? Arthur Schopenhauer puts it more eloquently in this one of my favourite sentences. ”Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”
For me, it’s not that important whether or not people remember my story. Living right now is my only concern and I’ll let the sands of time take care of the rest. But, I have a sneaky suspicion that in the universal grand scheme of things, it may reward the livers of life with long lasting stories to inspire future generations. People like Jesus and Buddha come to mind. And while these stories may turn into misinformed and malignant versions of the real thing, deep down we all know the truth. That these leaders were never their story. But rather real people like you and me that craved an understanding of life. And with this understanding, came fully realized potential. Something we all have in us. As Jesus refers to in the bible when he states “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in me, will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Now, today, my challenge to you is simple and complicated all wrapped up into one big bow of awesomeness. I challenge you to live. Not for me, Jesus, Buddha, or for any future generations, but for yourself. Create a new story today. One that will never be quite as unique as the one whispering in your ear waiting to be told, through you. Be who you’ve always been meaning to be. Believe in Jesus’ words when he says you can tell the greatest story that’s never been told. Because you truly can. We all can.