Death the great equalizer. In Western cultures we don’t pay death the respect that death deserves. As such, we spend most of our lives ignoring the guaranteed final outcome to besiege us all. We hope that by in some form ignoring death we will prolong our lives and consider it unfortunate when death comes knocking all to suddenly.
We do this to the extent that we are “shocked”, “amazed”, and even proclaim the “unexpected” death of our elders who are well into their death years (90plus).
Folk has lived much of Folk’s life with death at Folk’s door. Watching. Waiting. Taking relatives, friends, associates quickly and rapidly. Somewhat leaving Folk to question, when is that day coming? When will it be Folk’s time?
As such, Folk embraced death. Death became Folk’s friend to motivate, to inspire, to push Folk to embrace life for all that it is because death is truly certain. But like many, Folk feel into the western trap and began ignoring death. Time became too precious for work. Don’t have time to eat right. Sleep long. Exercise. Gonna die one day so might as well enjoy this ::insert fvcked up bad western greasy azz food of choice::
But no longer, no more… Folk refuse to live in the shadow of Folk’s own delusions. So Folk challenges you today to join in and complete the following statement and reflect on what it is in life that you really, really, really want to do. Because life ain’t about byotches, blowjobs, big daycks, bad relationships, flashy jewelry, expensive cars, fvcked up food, or what ever method of diversion you use to convince yourself that death isn’t watching and waiting…
Before I die, I want to ___________
In Folk’s case, Before Folk dies, Folk wants to be a better husband and son – travel to Japan, South Korea, Paris, London, and Australia (and maybe China) – Learn a second language fluently – get back into photography – have a healthy child of Folk’s own (Folk still hurting from the loss of lil Folk) – establish a scholarship trust in Folk’s grandfather’s name (Folk could have done this a long time ago, just let bullshyt and bad past relationships and excuses get in the way of this) – and get back into a healthy shape and stay in a healthy shape.
As simple and as small as Folk’s list is, it is rather complex and revealing. Will take dedication and attention. But ultimately this is what’s at the heart of Folk’s being. Folk loves to learn and values education, Folk loves the beauty of life, Folk values the close relationships that Folk has as a husband and child, and Folk really would like to fvck up the world one more generation with Folkness!
So this Sunday, decide. Choose you this day, what it is you most want to do or accomplish before you die and post your response up in the comments.
Share this post with your friends via bookface. Discuss this topic with your loved ones and children. Remember that if you do nothing you will die having not lived! And currently there are too many people dying having not lived.
Truthfully, the “things” that we really want when you’re facing death isn’t those superficial things that we used to cover up the true things that our hearts and souls are crying out for….
It can be one or it can be many, but YOU have to declare what that is and Folk wants you to live to strive for those things. Therefore when death comes for you, you can embrace death gracefully knowing that you have lived not only for yourself but for the experience of what life has offered uniquely to you.
da-eum sigankkaji – Folk