“Everything and everyone around us, is fleeting and impermanent” – Brianna Wiest

Also: “Property is theft. Nobody ‘owns’ anything. When you die, it all stays here.” – George Carlin

It’s up to us to build our lives how we want it and create our own inner happiness, we are the one constant in our lives, our own best friends.

Things on the outside are fleeting and impermanent, coming and going throughout life at their own pace, like technology, products, furniture, art, films, experiences, rain, sun, our appearances, friends, lovers, pets and family. But things on the inside can be fleeting and impermanent too, like thoughts, feelings, moods, memories, opinions, problems and perspectives.

This helps ease the fact that bad things will come, as they will also pass like bad weather, life is a series of moments. I think it’s worth being mindful that what we have is not ours. The awesome neon light I got for a birthday present will go back into the world when I’m dead, I can’t take it with me, which is depressing but a freeing fact of nature in a way. Nothing really lasts forever so don’t suffer too much, quit complaining, accept and live, with joy. (Easier said than done of course!)

“I know I was born and I know that I’ll die, the in-between is mine, I am mine.”

Pearl Jam – I Am Mine

I love these lyrics that I interpret to be about doing whatever you like with your life because it’s yours, making your own path, self acceptance, empowerment and acceptance of the inevitable and uncontrollable. You can’t help, change or control being born or dying, have to accept and respect nature. What you do in-between that time (womb – ? – tomb) is entirely up to you. Enjoy it while it lasts.

And also Cake – Thrills

“Man is born, man lives, man dies.” Such a true statement, that is life and nature. These are facts and fate we can’t escape. Death and aging is scary and depressing to me, which is silly because it’s totally natural. Knowing and remembering you’re going to die one day, can be helpful in viewing life with a different mindset enabling you make the most of your time here. For example, “when work feels overwhelming, remember that you’re going to die.” Or this “I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.” ― Don Draper, Mad Men.

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” ― Mark Twain