During a discussion at my meditation group one of our members recommended an app that reminds users that they are going to die at random times throughout the day. I thought I’d give it a whirl so I downloaded it.
The idea seems really morbid. Indeed, the idea of thinking about death seems really depressing. But my gut was nudging me to try it.
So the next day I downloaded the app (We Croak is the name of it) and proceeded to have my day interrupted by notifications on my watch and phone saying “remember, you are going to die.” The first few days in my head I would read, “remember you are going to die soon” but I realized the terrible error of my ways and corrected my brain.
So yeah, five times a day I get a gentle reminder that I am going to die, with a quote to ponder.
I like it.
Instead of making me depressed it has given me a profound sense of clarity. This little gentle reminder of my inevitable demise is like a knife that cuts through all of the bullshit. It is making me realize that my time on this planet is limited. So how am I going to spend my time? I feel like this tiny bit of clarity is helping me make better choices. Do I want to spend the next 20 minutes scrolling through Facebook, or do I want to spend the next 20 minutes reading my book? Or sketching? Or writing a poem? Or, or, or.
It’s been an eye opening experience and one I highly recommend.