“Dying is active. Dying is not what happens to you. Dying is what you do.”
― Stephen Jenkinson, Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
Once again, sleep eluded me.
I could have risen just after 3 am but I persevered and left it until just before 5 am.
This title and perhaps some of the text — it's difficult to remember now (5.41 am) — was idly, as I struggled to sleep, swimming around my head.
Sadly, it's a fairly foreboding title, but I imagine, if my sister-in-law's conversation with my wife is anything to go by (she's a solicitor who does Wills & Probate), that it's a fair reflection of what's happening in the UK right now:
"...I'm busier than [I've] ever been."
And, surely, that's understandable?
No one wants to die without a Will or having put their affairs in order?
As I said the other day on Twitter, I'm not afraid of dying — truly — but I do fear the consequences, leaving behind my wife to look after and raise our three children (23, 21 and 16). But this post, as much as I might like to rehearse, in a non-legal way, what you might or should consider doing, is tilted at something a little more obscure.
Oh, God, here he goes again...😌
My point is this (and hence the above quote from perhaps my all-time favourite book): we shouldn't have to think of our 'affairs' as what happens after we're gone.
Right in this moment.
You know the drill.( Collapse )