Words of Wisdom

“If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.”

The above is a quote from the film, Jacobs Ladder. And while, I actually had to look at the synopsis on IMDB to actually see what the film was about again – as its been a while since I saw it – I can always, always remember this quote from it.

And not because it’s been resampled in any industrial songs (That I know of) it’s because of the meaning behind it. It offers some sort of relative comfort that we shouldn’t actually be afraid of what will come to us once we die. We should relax and just let the angels take us, rather than be torn away from our mortal existences.

I find comfort in the quote. A comfort that I don’t find in many places. At times, I don’t even fear death.

And then I remember that I have someone to live for and the thought of not seeing him growing up fills me with utter dread! I am more scared of dying now than I ever have been in my life – despite feeling that fearing it will be worse in the long run. It’s a complicated run of emotions and something for the much more philosophical amongst us can debate until the cows come home.

For the sake of the writing challenge topic though, I wanted to share this quote with you. And honestly, I would love to know how it makes you feel too.

2 responses to “Words of Wisdom”

  1. Honestly I try not to think about death as it is unknown and slightly terrifying. The quote is comforting as you said, but I try to take days one at a time. I get myself as worked up thinking too far into the future…


    • I think death is almost a state of mind, depending what your feeling at the time. I don’t fear death as I did when I was younger, and think as you get older it becomes something that you’ll be ready for when the time comes, and maybe even welcome. Life runs its course and you’ve done what you want to do and death is the end of that course. Perhaps if you’ve regrets and not fulfilled your dreams then death is an unfortunate and to soon end. So make sure you do as much as you want to do, and if possible more than you want. Never turn down opportunities, especially if you get an offer


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