When we realize that death is an individual experience, there is no longer anything to fear. The journey is uniquely mine and no one else's. No one comes with me and I leave unencumbered. Seeing this, the journey becomes one's own. Simone de Beauvoir may have been right that old age is the human condition in which alienation from one's previous self is the most intense, but death is the human condition in which one's new self is discovered and defined.
As ever, D.
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