I am not sure where I heard it or maybe read it or maybe even am just making it up, I don’t know. “There are only two certainties in life, death and taxes”. There may be other things but just off the top of my head I can’t think of any.
Let’s think about the taxes, We complain, grumble, curse and then ultimately pay them. The subject of taxes is wide open for discussion at any and every opportunity. We all have our opinions and love to share them. They are too high, unfair, are we getting the best bang for the buck…….. We all are so very ready, eager even to have our say on this subject. Now in reality I know there are those that can evade or just not pay taxes. So what does that mean, there is only one certainty in life. No one can evade or avoid it. We are all heading to that same fate just on a different time line.
As it is something we do all have in common, why is it such a difficult almost taboo subject. We don’t want to talk about it, think about it. That is until it jumps up and hits us in the face. We don’t even want to think about it until it is forced on us with the illness or passing of a loved one or facing our own mortality. It is like we are caught off guard, we are shocked, stunned not knowing what to do, say or even at times think. We are caught totally unprepared. Hey this is a “life changing event” that we know is coming and yet are still caught off guard. Why?
A loved one passes and we are caught not having any idea of what their wishes may have been. We are forced into difficult, uncomfortable decision because we didn’t talk. Does your family know what your wishes would be? Do you know theirs? I pray all have long healthy lives but that time will come.
I think it is fear that keeps us silent. If facing our own passing it is fear of the unknown. We don’t know what lies ahead and beyond. I will be getting into my own thoughts on that. If we are facing the passing of a loved one, it is fear again. Now I know many may disagree with this but I think it is fear at the thought of facing the future without this person.
We know what is facing each of us so how do we help prepare ourselves? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I will be sharing mine