We Are All Born to Die

Mariela Garcia
2 min readAug 4, 2022

In the end, nothing matters.

Photo by Fey Marin on Unsplash

Stop wasting money and time building things to prevent the inevitable. It doesn’t matter if you have an underground dwelling or bunker. You are still a mortal and are going to die at some point.

The last book I read was by the Dalai Lama, Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life.

It’s one of those books that isn’t going to wow you on any level. It will tell you what you already know but don’t want to think about. After reading the book, I feel more at peace and excited about life and death.

I understand that when it’s my time to die

  • My wealth won’t matter
  • My friendships won’t matter
  • The car I drive, or the size of my house won’t matter
  • My body shape won’t matter

The only thing that will matter is how I feel. I want to feel peaceful and unafraid. How can I make that happen?

I have no idea how I will die or when. That is completely out of my control. I can die today, tomorrow, or in 50 years. Whenever that is, I will be ready. In the meantime, I can live my life with a compassionate heart.

The Dalai Lama states that living compassionately is a way to focus on the well-being of others instead of our own problems. Some of us are so self-absorbed that we live a life of anxiety, pain, and depression. By focusing on others’ well-being, we automatically enhance our own.

Once you accept that death is imminent, anxiety levels reduce by a lot. Anxiety is caused by worrying about things that have not happened, or the future. The future is out of our control. Living a life where you are intentional in your day-to-day life gives you purpose.

How is that?

The Dalai Lama states that being aware of death makes us take advantage of our life instead of taking it for granted. Even though the average person lives to almost 100 years old, life is short. If we don’t live life to the fullest then we will be full of regret when it comes to our death. We will also be scared.

So how are you living your life knowing that you are going to die?

Mariela Garcia

Happy person. I have a Masters in Public Administration and have certifications in finance, and life coaching. Currently pursuing my teaching credential.