Okay, so not just your death but mine too. As we turn the corner into another year, we’re all madly making new years resolutions, promising ourselves and those around us that we will eat better, exercise more, blah blah blah.
I’m not a big resolution making girl, largely due to the fact that they never seem to stick but also because that just seems like too much planning and not enough spontaneity to me.
This year, however, I am looking forward into the year and thinking about what I hope it looks like. And in order to do that, I am giving serious proper consideration to my epitaph.
In Sarah Cunningham’s book, The Well-balanced World Changer, there was this:
What do you value? I’ll tell you without you saying a word.
1. Whatever you’re putting the most time into.
2. Whatever you’re putting the most money into.
3. Whatever you’re putting the most energy into.
We live what we value, don’t we? So what we value, aka how we live, will be reflected in what people say about us at our funeral.
It’s nothing new, this imagining what we want people to think about us after we’ve departed but it is timely to think about in light of our resolutions for 2014.
I haven’t finalised it yet, but I am quite literally going to write my epitaph. Once I know what I want the end result to be, I’ll be able to work backwards and see if my life is heading me in a direction that would make those words true by the end of my days. And if it isn’t, I can look to adjust my life to fit in with my values and who I want to be.
I’m going to share it with you, too, so feel free to join in and think about what you want your epitaph to say.
Challenging, yes. Confronting, yes. Morbid, possibly.
Worth it in order to live the life you want before it’s too late? Definitely.