The ancient Romans said: ”Memento mori” = remember your mortality. The message was to embrace life before it ends, to remember to enjoy living. Today this message might bring about many other associations too. It seems we’ve been collectively reminded of our mortality and it has been very hard on many people. In the times of the ancient Romans, death was always much closer to one, than it is nowadays with modern medicines.
Humans as a race have been trying to escape from their own mortality for a long time and even succeeded quite well. We’re putting the end further and further away, with many people reaching the age of 100 years. Yet, completely we can’t escape it. And would we even want to?
One way of adjusting to the idea of temporary nature of our lives is to make fun of it. When the life gets really dark, a good laugh can bring light back to it, at least for a while.
And sometimes it is just best to direct your thoughts somewhere else. Do something all-consuming that will force you to concentrate in a way that your thoughts cannot wander back to where you don’t want them to.