I don’t believe in an afterlife. For me, there is only this life and when it’s over—unless there is a massive collective consciousness where it’s possible for me to somehow remain aware as my body turns from matter to energy—there is nothing waiting for me on the other side.

Some people say, a great god will come from the skies. Take away everything and make everybody feel high. But if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth. And now you see the light.

If there is no eternal life, purgatory, heaven or hell waiting for me, then all I have is now. This time. This life. I say (to myself and even out loud, sometimes) that all I can do is live the best life I can and it enjoy it while it’s mine, but anyone can see, I don’t really live that way. It makes me sad and anxious.

I’ve decided that since it’s coming up on the end of the world* and all, I intend to live every day of 2012 like it’s my last. They’ll be no skydiving, job quitting or any kind of bucket lists—I’m going to look for mine on earth.

This year, I will live the best life I can. I will enjoy it while it’s mine. I will not waste it being lazy, sad, victimized, cruel, angry or bored. If the world doesn’t end*, I will have lost nothing and gained everything. Then I’ll live another year like it’s my last.

 

*the world isn’t ending

 

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