It was a Thursday, the same day every week, at 7PM when I get together with friends in a Bible Study group. It’s just something you do when in a religious community, most folks you get along with are usually spiritual persons. During these meetings, we would sing, do activities, enjoy the company of others and well worship of course.
It was a Thursday, there were less people who attended that night, and so the activity was going to watch a movie and discuss it afterwards. I don’t know what movie was to be played, all I know was that it started with Oprah talking and followed by a narration of a busy man walking around being busy.
This was when I discovered a book called Tuesdays with Morrie.
With all the metaphysics and modern-age philosophies I come across, authors would tell you how to live, that happiness is just a formula that needs the right variables and a little solving. But only one, where I came across a manual on dying, and it’s this book.
But why would you want to know how to die? Nobody wants to die, people from across time have tried to find a way to cheat death, with ancients creating an after life, alchemists searching for the elusive Philosopher Stone, Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Even in modern times, people are trying to find ways to extend your life just a little bit longer. But why? Why are we so afraid to die?
Morrie states it plainly: “Anyone afraid of death has lived a life full of regrets” or something like that.
It’s a recurring theme in the book, and it makes a lot of sense really. We do things for the wrong reasons, live the life society has planned out for us. And when we fail at meeting those expectations, we become depressed, because we live a life unfulfilled. And we carry this with us to the very last second of our lives, wishing we could have done some things differently, and hope for a chance to change it.
We are afraid of dying because we don’t know how to live.
I won’t give the plot here, just treat the book as a manual on dying.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT:
1) You need a reason to cry.
2) You are living the monotony of the rat races and it seems that you are going nowhere with you life. With wrong decisions piling up each other, and you wish that you could press that reset button somewhere and start all over.
Tuesdays with Morrie is recurring read for me, I read it every year (sometimes twice or thrice) because I need a reminder to be happy with my life, to love those people around me, live the path I chose whole heartedly.
If you haven’t read this book before, no better time than now to start.