Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.” I would argue that most people have not truly lived, regardless of their age.
At the end of your life, and it could be sooner than you think, what proof will you have to show that you lived? Seneca wrote in On Tranquility of Mind, “Many times an old man has no other evidence besides his age to prove he has lived a long time.”
I get asked about why I keep training and fighting, even after so many injuries and surgeries. My retort is that my scars tell a story. We all face potential aging and crippling disease. But, living is seeking discomfort, seeing beauty in adversity, and gaining strength in overcoming our fears.
With the above philosophy in mind, I started a shop with t-shirts, coffee cups, and stickers (coming soon). The phrase, “Vivamus, Moriendum Est” is written on the items. It is a quote from Seneca and it means, “Let us live, we must die.”
The point is to embrace life. Get everything you can from it. We only have a short time on this earth. Live it up to the fullest.
One thought on “Let Us Live… and Buy a T-shirt.”
The Stoics have a lot to offer, especially for modern folk who’ve lost sight of many of the fundamentals of life.