I do appreciate the quote by Steve Jobs below. I have never been close to my own physical death in the way he was but I have been close to death in other circumstances. I can relate to what he is writing though, from the perspective of spiritual or existential death, the dying before dying. The most significant I can say about that kind of death is that it takes away future. No more future sounds terrifying to the thinking mind but the actual feeling of it is finding your self totally here because there is suddenly no way to escape into a better or more promising future. Another word for being totally here with no future is love. Without future there is no hope for a me and that is total intimacy with life. You have lost everything you feared to lose and there you are, naked and totally openhearted.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
– Richard –