A Date With Death



Once, when I was doing a tarot reading, my client ask me if I could tell her when she was going to die. I don’t know if she was being smart, thinking she could expose me as a charlatan or whether she just wanted reassurance that she was going to live a long healthy life. Either way the answer was the same. No I can not tell you when you are going to die and here is why.

The first reason I told her was because as humans we always have free will. If I said she was going to die on September 1, 2020 in a car accident, she would make sure on that day she was no where near a car or a street for that matter. She would just hunker down safe in her bed waiting for the day to be over.

We can always make different choices in our lives to change possible outcomes there by changing the path of our future. A bad person can change his morals and become a good person. An unhealthy person can change her diet, take up jogging and become healthy and  someone hell bent on destructive behaviour can learn safer activities that will lengthen their lives. The point is we all have the ability to choose how we live our lives.

The second reason I told her is while we have free will and can choose our own destinies, fate can come into play when we least expect it. Even if you have every minute of every day of your life planned out, fate can throw you a curve ball and alter your life forever. Fate is random and comes with no warning. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time or having another persons actions intersect with yours such as being hit by a car because that driver chose to be distracted behind the wheel is how fate arbitrarily works.

One of fates favourite tools is mother nature. Just today alone three people died in the Philippines by rogue waves brought on by a typhoon. Who would of saw that coming? Not me.

Who would want to know the date of their death anyway? Who would want that knowledge hanging over their life? “I’m sorry I won’t be able to make that appointment next Thursday, that’s the day I’m booked to die. Can we meet on Wednesday instead?”

How would your life change if you knew your personal expiration date? Would you live your life more fully, take greater chances, be a little wilder? Would you be relatively safe from death until that date or could fate still intervene?

Or would you live with the dread of your demise. No point going for any long term goals knowing you won’t be able to complete them. Would the fear of death paralyze your life?

I think in this case ignorance is truly bliss. The mystery of life and of death is what keeps our lives magical. We can never know what tomorrow will bring. The unknown is what keeps life interesting.

I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone out there who can tell you exactly when you are going to die. I haven’t heard of any mystical prophets out there in the world lately with that kind of ability. What I know for sure, is that I don’t know, except that the past is over, it can’t hurt you anymore. The present is a gift and all we really have so enjoy it to it’s fullest.

As for the future and your date with death………..my suggestion is that you phone and postpone it.

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