On Death… And life…

“…..And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” – Steve Jobs


The only constant, is death.

And probably the most unpredictable thing in the world, is life. Its ironic – you try to perfect every bit of the miniscule life you spend in this cosmos – not knowing when and how it would end, whether the next minute you will be breathing or not, and whether all those dreams in your head really do have any value or not.

In the little time i have spent living – i have seen (for the lack of a better word) a few people i know pass away. It has always been sad – sometimes i have pondered over it for a few days, reflecting on the perils of my own life – and what could potentially bring my own death – and then eventually moved on, forgotten all that happened, and gone back to living the life i have become so used to.

Yesterday, I got to know about the death of someone I barely knew – I had met him a few times, and he happened to be the husband of one of my closest friends (S). A friend, who had stood by me (against all odds) when i was in shit. And somehow – I felt a lot more sad at the news than i should have – considering I barely knew the guy.

I guess, some people just have that impact – in a minute or so of you being with them – that you form this stupid bond – that you dont even know exists. The last i met this person was in Mumbai some months back. We met for drinks, then dinner – and finally he (and S) dropped me to the airport for my flight back – with him rolling joints for us – and we smoking away.

I never knew he would go so soon. And in my mind – I always thought how much fun we would have whenever (if ever) we would meet again. Now i know, it wont happen.

He went, because of a terrible sickness. I dont know the details – I dont know since when he knew about it – I dont know whether he chose treatment or not (or whether it was just too late) – All i can say is that he must have breathed his last a happy & smiling.

I hope ‘S’ stays strong. I hope she finds her path.

People will move on – and he will become just a memory – a happy one though, and soon someone or the other i know will also go. Thats the circle. Life, complete.

The only constant, is death.


P.S. : I just realized this after i finished this post. And its funny, i decided to start this post with a Steve Jobs quote… I had met this guy for the first time, on the day that Steve Jobs passed away.

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2 comments for “On Death… And life…

  1. Kiran Sethi
    June 11, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Very poignant! And so well expressed!

  2. (K)
    June 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I picked up on your first line and the last…and wondering…why of all the things…you would choose ” Death” to write about…!!! Mr. Sethi…..look forward to you writing more often…. 🙂

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