One reminder we all need in our lives- ‘we are going to die.’
“Memento Mori” is a Latin phrase that translates to “remember that you must die.”
The ancient practice of reflection on mortality goes back to Socrates, who said that the proper practice of philosophy is: “about nothing else but dying and being dead”
Before straight away jumping to the calendar, know what’s the concept of remembering death is all about.
MEMENTO MORI FOR PHILOSOPHERS
As a philosophical concept, it’s been at the forefront of work by Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus.
In his Meditations—essentially his private journal—Marcus Aurelius wrote that “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you-
That was a personal reminder to continue living a life of virtue NOW, and not wait anymore.
MEMENTO MORI FOR ARTISTS
As an artistic concept, it has inspired some of the most famous paintings in history.
The French painter Philippe de Champaigne expressed a similar sentiment in his painting Still Life with a Skull, which showed the three essentials of existence —
🌼the tulip (life),
🌼the skull (death), and
🌼the hourglass (time).
I agree it sounds like an awful idea. Who wants to think about death? But what if instead of feeling weird we embrace the truth?
Like the whole concept of Memento Mori is giving a different perspective to death. Memento Mori calendar is giving a different perspective to all the things that come alongside life.
MEMENTO MORI CALENDAR
As Michel de Montaigne put it, “To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”
Ready to launch it now.
Memento Mori is on the paper a big square divided into tiny blocks — 52 blocks wide, 80 blocks tall.
Write your birth date on the top left corner. The same date, 80 years later, is on the bottom right of the page.
With every week that passes, you can take a pen and fill in a block. For example, I’m 25 years old, I’m roughly one-third of the way through.
All the weeks you had lived would be in black. All the weeks you hope to live are blank.
Now when you know, just go for it
Epictetus urged his students:
“Keep death and exile before your eyes each day, along with everything that seems terrible— by doing so, you’ll never have a base thought nor will you have excessive desire.”
WHAT’S THE NEED TO HAVE THIS CALENDAR?
Meditating on your mortality is only depressing if you miss the point.
Benefits of maintaining Memento Mori calendar-
⚡Reality Check of life
⚡Prioritize crucial matters
⚡Cease for granted attitude
“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.”
WHAT WOULD BE THE AFTEREFFECTS?
No no not after death, after you start maintaining the calendar.
Apologies for the horrible joke.
It is a reminder to learn at the peak of glory and victory because it provides with-
✨Experience of homecoming
✨Push to live an incredible life
Once again, it is Seneca who urged us to tell ourselves “You may not wake up tomorrow,” when going to bed, and “You may not sleep again,” when waking up as reminders of our mortality.
Now it’s not surprising that one of Seneca’s biographies is titled Dying Every Day.
REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL DIE, FOR A VALID CAUSE