Sunday, November 29, 2015

Three Signs You're Dead and You Don't Even Know It

I heard a saying recently; "most people die at 25 and but are only buried at 65 or even older". It made me wonder how it was possible for a person to be dead, yet alive. Recent experiences have proven to me that it is indeed possible to be dead and go to work; it is possible to be dead and have children; it is possible to be dead yet get out of bed every morning and get through the basics of each day. Many people are hibernating in life, and are unaware; many are simply going with the flow for fear that swimming against the current might tear them apart. Many people are breathing oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, but really everything within them is dead, rotten and possibly crumbling to fine particles of powder that can be easily blown away by the wind. It is possible to be dead and not aware. Here are three signs you might be dead and need to awaken yourself!

#1 You've stopped believing in yourself: People do not necessarily die from external pressure and pain. People die inside when their hope in their abilities die. People die when they believe they cannot achieve much, or their extensive efforts will amount to nothing. If you have gotten to a point where you've stopped believing in yourself, and are now ravished by feelings of hopelessness, pain and lack of success, you might be dead inside or very well on your way there. Pause. Step back. Reassess your situation; reassess your strategies. Your failure is not in your ability; it is most likely in your execution style. 

#2 You've stopped believing in love: At some point in life, many people claim to stop believing in love. They refer to past hurts and pain to justify their stand, but after a while, they warm up to the idea of love again. They watch a movie that melts their hearts, they witness a beautiful proposal that gives them hope, they come in contact with someone who does everything right without slipping up, Those are the people who managed to stay away from the dark side. You know you're dying or are dead inside when you've crossed over to the dark side in this regard. When you no longer have hope in humanity or understand why you need to show a person kindness, you're slowly dying inside. No single tree can make a forest, and it is almost impossible to find a tree with a single leaf on it. In other words, you're more likely to flourish when you are connected to others in love. Believe it or not, little acts of love and kindness make the world go round. 

#3 You're sleepwalking through life: Do you ever wake up and feel like you have nothing to look forward to? I understand work is not exactly something many people look forward to but it does help to have a mission set for each day, even if that mission is work. If you are at the point where it feels like you have no mission set for the day, and cannot fathom what you ought to be doing with your life, you might be at death's door inside. I came across an interesting quote that said "loneliness is not the absence of people; it's the absence of purpose." I believe sleepwalking is the absence of a sense of purpose too. There are times when life is just downright difficult; believe me I know. During such times, try as much as possible to engage in activities that keep your mind stimulated. Writing, drawing, singing, aerobics, dance class, whatever it is, no matter how insignificant it may seem, get engaged in something that keeps your mind working, and sets goals before you. 


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