In the most simplest of terms; “Remember you must die.”
Inevtiably, our time on this earth will come to it’s conclusion. Every day is a step closer to death. While this sounds a little grim, it is a reminder of how we are only around for a finite time.
It is certainly a very stoic view of our existence. Yet, when we start playing the finite game, our perspective shifts. If we take this perspective, it gives us an opportunity to create more meaning from our life. When we know and understand that our time is limited, it changes our behaviour. It influences how we spend our time and the way we interact with others.
This is not to say that we should ignore the time that transcend our own existence. How we are rembered when we are gone and the legacy we leave should influence what we spend our time doing. What we do need the occasional reminder of, it not to waste the time that we do have.
Momento mori reminds us not to take things for granted and to make the most of this thing called life.