Dying Slowly

Life, as someone wisely said, is a brief journey between two points namely B (birth) and D (death). What is between ‘B’ and ‘D’? It is of course ‘C’ (choice). Life, therefore is all about a matter of choice. Choice between living fully and dying slowly. How does one know whether one is living fully or dying slowly?

Here is a poem that is mistakenly attributed to the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. The poem clearly explains what dying slowly is. In fact, it serves as a marker to diagnose ‘dying slowly.’ It helps us to identify the symptoms, make a course correction and reclaim our lives.

The author of this poem, which has been circulating on the internet is unknown.
Dying Slowly

You start dying slowly
If you do not travel
If you do not read
If you do not listen to the sounds of life
If you do not appreciate yourself

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
or you do not speak to those you don’t know

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself
At least once in your lifetime
To run away from sensible advice
– Author Unknown