I originally published this on my other website. I’m reposting it here so that it’s more accessible.
Everything you cherish about your appearance will one day be gone.
Your beauty will fade.
Your hair will thin and fall out.
Your body will slump and puff in ways you never expected or asked for,
bowed down and filled up with the weight of years.
Your health will diminish.
The people you know and love will move away, grow distant, die.
Someday, you will die too.
This is the nature of life.
“You can’t take it with you”,
and the only things you can leave behind, with any hope of a meaningful endurance are these:
The words that you write
The good that you do in the world
And the memories that people have of you.
Ask yourself who you want to be
In the stories that are told at your wake
And strive to be that person
And even to the instant of your last breath
You will be rendered B E A U T I F U L