The Uncomfortable Truth of Life

the uncomfortable truth of life
the uncomfortable truth of life

Life is full of many harsh realities – many of which we don’t want to face. 

But there is one truth, the most uncomfortable truth of life that we all need to realize in order to fully make the most of life. As much as it may hurt to swallow this, the sooner we all realize this truth, the happier we will be in the long run. Why? Because it will force us to quit worrying about the little things in life and start making the most out of the one life that we have in front of us.

The uncomfortable truth of life that we all need to grasp is that there is going to be a time and a place in which we are going to die.

Of course we all know this truth, but have you ever stopped for a moment and pondered what this truth actually means?

It means that someday, people are going to have no idea who you were, or that you ever existed. It means that someday, your legacy will be the only part of you that lives. Worst of all, it means that someday, all of your material belongings will mean nothing… I know, all of those things that you and I spend so much time working towards are going to mean absolutely nothing. 

It sucks to think about, but that’s just the way life is.

Accepting the uncomfortable truth that you are one day going to die (as painful as it may be to think about) is ultimately what is going to allow you to live a more fulfilling life. Not only that, but the sooner that you embrace this truth, the more change you can help to create in the world around you.  

Belongings Mean NOTHING

The world that we live in loves material items. We spend much of our precious time and energy trying to be better than everybody else and have more than everybody else that we forget what truly matters the most. 

How many of the belongings that you spend so much of your time and every working towards are you going to be able to take with you when you die? How many of them are going to reflect the impact that you had on the world and on those around you? How many of them are going to accurately portray how happy you were? The answer: none. So why not live for the moments and cherish every single one of them like it’s your last? 

Judgment Means NOTHING

Much of the same can be said about judgment. If we aren’t wasting our time and energy chasing after material belongs, we are chasing the acceptance and approval of those around us. 

What we fail to realize, though, is that when we die, we are all the same. We are not better or worse than anybody else. In fact, as Mark Manson says in Everything Is F*cked, “We are inconsequential cosmic dust, bumping and milling about on a tiny blue speck.” 

Once we die, we are all the same. So again, why allow the judgment of others to impact the overall quality of life that you are living right now knowing that there will be a day when none of it matters? 

Fears Mean NOTHING

Lastly, I want you to think about fear. Yes, that thing that cripples from chasing our dreams, that thing that prevents us from making the most out of our life, and the thing that makes us feel small and weak. Is it truly worth it to be scared of anything? 

Once you die, you are not going to be remembered for the number of times that you failed. You are not going to be remembered for the number of mistakes that you made. In fact, you after a decade, there is a very good chance that you won’t be remembered. So why not make the most of your time now and go after every little desire that you have? 

The Uncomfortable Truth of Life

I know it’s not fun or enjoyable to think about the uncomfortable truth of life. But if you truly want to make the most of your life, then you need to realize that none of these things matter because there will come a day when you will die. 

Don’t try to achieve happiness through belongings, be willing to move past the judgment of others, and never allow your fears to stop you from making the most out of every opportunity that you have right in front of you. The sooner and more often you do these, the happier and better of a life you will live.

Michael Bonnell



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