There is a sorrowful, introspective melancholy in feeling the decline of one's self in the physical sense. As the realization of Time taking from us our very essence of being in bits and pieces while taking us closer to our date with death. There is a bitterness more painful than death in the last rays of daylight, in the knowing that night is fast approaching to take its claim.
Time who started out as our friend, our welcomed companion has become an insidious foe and being so ever playful in his torment upon us as he rushes us to that date. Time, so cruel, has robbed us of our youth while leaving us with nothing but memories and even that, he has decided to take from us as well.
Compounding the pain is the feeling of being cheated at every turn, at being cheated at every level of your being and your soul. The thought of being diminished in your humanity, knowing the promise of dust to dust isn't just a myth but your fate. Is this not a most sobering frighting reality to face?
Maybe, maybe not, it depends on where you are in relation to knowing your authentic self. Within your authentic self is the knowing that this is all an illusion, a temporary state of dreaming that you will awake from. It is all impermanent. By placing your trust, faith, dignity and happiness in the knowledge that you are an eternal being simply having a dream, there is no pain or sorrow. To be able to detach yourself from the illusion with the awakening to the divine love is the path to peace in troubled times. You can never perish, you can never be apart from the divine source, you can never be separated from the universal consciousness. All you can do is awake from this dream. Death is only an awakening.
So live life to the fullest! Be delighted in the magnificence of being alive! Cherish every moment as it may be your last. Stay in peace. Leave no moment wasted. Celebrate life! Live without regret. Only in living a fulfilled life can one embrace death with a smile. You will not be able to embrace your date with Death that time will bring until you have learn to live life to the fullest. So live life!