Yesterday, I attended a meeting and sat across from a young man with large black tattoos on his forearms. One arm said “Memento” and the other “Mori.”
Translation: Remember that you will die.
In other words, recognize your own mortality and live accordingly.
I was transfixed by his arms and curious about the person who believed so strongly in the mantra that he branded it on his body. I thought about asking him about it, but in the end, I felt awkward and slightly embarrassed to do so.
But I was thankful for the reminder to appreciate the life I’ve been given. In fact, I’m living these last few months in Okinawa with an overwhelming sense of finality. Some days it makes me sad that I’ll probably never return here. But most of the time, it pushes me to do things I’ve been putting off.
I’ve got a whole list, and each time I cross off an enjoyable out of the norm experience here, I wonder, “What took me so long?”
I’m curious about you. Do you live intensely aware of your limited time living? Does it guide your choices, actions, and relationships? What travel or life goals have you been putting off?
So what else is on my list before I leave this tiny island?
I want to paint a mural on the seawall under the cloak of darkness one night
I want to introduce myself to an elderly man I see walking every morning
I want to eat squid ink soup
What’s on your list these days?