Ever since I started to go to school at a very early stage in my life it seemed that on Sundays the oxygen in the air was a little different from all the other days of the week. People always complain about Mondays, but for me the real enemy has always been the nefarious Sunday. There is nothing more depressing than waking up (hungover) on a morning of that aforementioned day, knowing that you have to get your s**t together for the start of a new week. That transition from weekend to weekday always haunted me down. Transitioning from irresponsibilities to responsibilities in a matter of hours is not a very pleasant thing. But today something rather unusual was in the schedule on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in Austin, Texas.
My dad decided to come in town for the day due to unforeseen circumstances. One of my long distant relatives passed away at a very short age, having battled with cancer and severe krohns for more than 15 years. I had no choice but to spend my Sunday by accompanying my dad to the Austin Memorial Cemetery to witness my first funeral. At first I thought how bad it could be to see a person that I honestly don’t remember ever meeting saying its final goodbyes before it gets buried underground for all eternity? Long story short, it hit me unexpectedly hard, but not for obvious reasons.
The moment I first heard the sound of soil hitting the casket at the moment of the burial, a number of thoughts were immediately triggered in my mind but only one really stood out from the rest. It is mind-blowing to think about how numbered our days can be before we all end up being in the same place, buried underground, either with a star of David, cross or other symbol above ground to point where our mortal rests lie. Sadly we cannot decide how much time we have left on this earth, but as a wiser man said, “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” That is the destination we all share, and that particular Sunday I finally understood that death is indeed the single best invention of life to remind us that at the end of the day, we really don’t have anything to lose.