The Day It All Ends

When nothing is too important, everything gets a little better.

Thomas Gaudex
Nov 27 · 2 min read

I often think of death. I mean, I don’t think about dying, don’t worry everything’s fine. But I worry about the day my time will come, and I worry about the day my loved ones will disappear, for those who are still there.

Will I feel like I’ve lived through everything I wanted to live? Would I have been an exemplary and loving person to all my loved ones? Will I have regrets, too heavy to leave with a light heart and a peaceful soul? Would I have known love, the real one? Will I smile on my face during my last breath?

I ask myself too many questions and I don’t live enough, I know that. That’s why we write, isn’t it?

I’m not a believer, so I’m anxious that one day everything will stop for good. Worse still, it is not knowing that there will be an end, it is realizing that there will never be a second time.

A few days ago I came across this quote from a great man who left us two years ago. A great sage, a brilliant spirit that we should all have known and read in our lives. Jean d’Ormesson. French writer, journalist, and philosopher.

To pay tribute to him, I chose not to translate his words into English. I want you to read them in French before you translate them. Here are his words:

“Ne vous laissez pas abuser. Souvenez-vous de vous méfier. Et même de l’évidence: elle passe son temps à changer. Ne mettez trop haut ni les gens ni les choses. Ne les mettez pas trop bas. Non, ne les mettez pas trop bas. Montez. Renoncez à la haine: elle fait plus de mal à ceux qui l’éprouvent qu’à ceux qui en sont l’objet. Ne cherchez pas à être sage à tout prix. La folie aussi est une sagesse. Et la sagesse, une folie. Fuyez les préceptes et les donneurs de leçons. Jetez ce livre. Faites ce que vous voulez. Et ce que vous pouvez. Pleurez quand il le faut. Riez. J’ai beaucoup ri. J’ai ri du monde et des autres et de moi. Rien n’est très important. Tout est tragique. Tout ce que nous aimons mourra. Et je mourrai moi aussi. La vie est belle.”

— Jean d’Ormesson

Since I read these words from Jean d’Ormesson, I have been trying to see life differently. And I intend to keep laughing, crying and doing what I can and telling myself that nothing is too important in this world.

Life is beautiful.

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