Who Would You Die As?

One of the things that make me feel sad is when the world lost great people. I remembered when Heath Ledger passed away on 22 January 2008, I was crying. I was not a big fan but I adored his talent. His death was a lost.

Steve Jobs

Last week on October 5, 2011, world has lost another great person – Steve Jobs. When I read the news in Twitter, I’d felt shock. My memory was flashing back to the day he resigned as a CEO of Apple. It just happened somewhere in August. Then I remembered the day he launched iPod Nano in 2005. The impression he gave when he lifted the iPod Nano from his pocket was truly jaw-drop-amazing. He was a great inventor and visionary. I’m pretty sure the news of his death saddens many people in the world. As much as death brings sadness to people around us, it only takes great momentum to bring sadness to the world. Steve built that momentum in his life.

Steve Jobs was no ordinary man. He created. He invented. He printed his ideas on people lives. He built greatness to the societies around the world. People even lined up to buy his creation. So when he died, his creations still live. His legacy and his invention live.  As long as Apple’s gadgets on the earth, people will remember him. That’s the momentum Steve has built in his life. His death is a lost and his life is a memorable.

Steve has a thought about death, the thought that contributed to his greatness.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…”

Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

I knew there are some techniques that can change the way you live your life and one of it is imagine the day you die. I have never tried this technique concretely but I always have this thought inside my head – Who I Want to Die As? One of my teacher quoted me this:

“Your life is in front of you and your death is standing behind you. Your right and left sides are the angels who always be with you. Where ever your life goes, death will follow and so does the angels. So choose wisely the places your life should go”.

Admit it that the best life to live is when you know who you are going to die as. No one wants to die during commit a robbery. No one wants to die as Mat-Rempit (a social phenomenon for people who illegally in street racing) and no one wants to die as drug addict. Consciously and spiritually, no one wants to die in a bad reputation generally. Everyone wants to die in noble.

Knowing who-you-will-die-as means you know what you are becoming. It means you know where you are heading your life to. It means you know what you want in your life.

Perhaps, the best way to find out is asking these questions:

  • Who I would want to die as?
  • What legacy I would want to leave to people?
  • What can I contribute to people before I leave?
  • What people should remember about me?

These questions may look simple but the answers could change the way you imagine your life. It might helps you figure out the life you want to live.

Life is short. Either life is easy or hard, it still short. Make something, give something, share something and be something for yourself and people around you so people could acknowledge your existence and remember you when you passed away. Create the momentum of life so it will bounces even when you no longer around. Do something that makes you proud living your years in this world even when you are looking down at it from the heaven.

Remember this, only our body dies but not our history, not our legacy and certainly not our contributions. So who would you die as? To die as person who create greatness around you or as person who will not be remembered at all.

The choice is always yours.
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