Memento Mori: Reflections on Mortality and Making the Most of Life

As I get older, mortality and life expectancy have become more significant to me.

Recently, I came across a graphic that resonated deeply with me, highlighting that in 2011, four-fifths of the population could expect to live beyond 73 years and every second person survived up to the age of 84. While these are positive statistics, the reality is that we never know when our time will come.

Action: ask yourself good questions and compare with yourself to become the best version of yourself

Reflecting on this, I ask myself questions about meaning and contribution.

How can I contribute more meaningfully to my environment? What can I do today to make a positive difference? How can I do better tomorrow?

What do I want to experience my time left? Why? Am I connected? Am I ready to leave once my time has come?

Journaling has been a helpful tool for me to reflect on my days and take action towards becoming the best version of myself. I strive to compare myself with my past self, aiming to grow and improve each day.

Ask yourself this question every morning every day

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?

Steve Jobs

Memento Mori

Finally, I recommend exploring the mental model of “Memento Mori” from the Stoics, which emphasizes the impermanence of life and the need to make the most of the present moment. Ryan Holiday has summarized and written about it here.

In conclusion, let’s take a moment to reflect on our lives and consider how we can make the most of our time here.

If you’ve come that far, thank you!

What’s on your mind? I’d love to learn and connect.

All the best,


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