I hope you all are faring well. It is a pleasure to be able to share with you all yet another blog this week. Last week, I happened to be driving on the high way during a heavy downpour, and visibility was greatly reduced. In that moment of trying to maneuver cars, and maintain a good speed despite being unable to see, I had a few thoughts. Usually, this particular highway has cars going over the limit and driving on this route takes a little more caution.
On a regular day, I remember trying to keep it within the 65 mph limit and having other drivers honk at me as if I was violating some rule. However not on this rainy day, as everyone seemed to be a little more cautious and conscious of the fact that hydroplaning was going to occur if their speed passed a certain limit. The interesting thing about this is that at the moment I didn’t really attach any importance to this occurrence besides safety of course. It was later on that day when I was reflecting on how my day went that I began to extrapolate the day’s events into life in general. Most of us just go through life like there is no accountability required of us and as such live every day with little or no concern. Life itself being a journey that takes so many years, also has its rainy days and I mean that both figuratively and literally.
As kids growing up, we were told to get a good education, get a degree and finally get a good job. As soon as we secured a job, we were told to save and plan for our retirement or rainy days. We start by keeping aside some small amount every month into a savings account and with time graduate into investments that could help us make more for our hay years. The thing with retirement plans and rainy days is that you need to have an exit strategy or at least a tentative one. So say we start saving and the plan is to retire at 55, then the strategy will be to save up as much as possible before that year arrives. The irony of all this is that we plan so elaborately for an exit strategy in life but fail to have one in place for our time of death. Truth be told, no one knows for sure when they will die and as such, we need to have an exit strategy that allows us to live our lives to the fullest and yet understand that we are on borrowed time. Just as we need to have a clear picture of when we want to retire, in order to put certain things in place to make it happen, we also need to know where we are going after this life.
Thus the big question is “Where are we going?” To those who adhere to some sort of faith or religion, the possible answer may range from Heaven to Paradise. For those who do not believe in the existence of a higher supernatural being, the answer may be different. Irrespective of what our answer is, we cannot have a solid exit strategy if we don’t have a destination. So just as when I was on the high way, and visibility was low and I could barely move due to the heavy rain, at that moment the thought crossed my mind; where am I even going right now? I had to look really closely at the signs in order not to miss my exit. The beautiful thing is that despite the harsh weather conditions, despite it been really difficult to drive fast, I was still able to make it to my destination because I knew my “exit”. How can we expect a specific result from a situation that isn’t specific? How can we hope to find peace in the “world or life beyond”, if we don’t even know where that is? How can we hope to have a smooth transition from this life to whatever lies hereafter when we don’t even know what happens in the life beyond.
In order to fully appreciate the concept of afterlife or the world beyond, I implore you all to kindly read my blog on Reincarnation. Now I know there may be some division on the practicability of the subject of reincarnation, however, at the moment I’ll let you read it up yourself and draw your own conclusions while I focus on having an “exit strategy”. In order to know where we are going, we definitely need to know who we are, where we came from and how to get out of here. If we do not have answers to these questions, then it is almost impossible to have an exit strategy. The sum total of our activities in this life culminate at the time of our exit and our exit strategy will reflect the choices we made in life and how they have shaped us in preparation for an exit. Just as it is not possible to take an exit on a highway that you are not physically on, similarly it is not possible to have an exit strategy that doesn’t reflect our lives. For example, if my exit is Exit 250 on I-75, it would be physically impossible to be on I-85 and still expect to get off at Exit 250. This is because I am on a totally different highway and as such the destinations are different.
In essence what I am saying is that we may have some idea of where we may want to ‘exit” to after this life, but in order for us to get there, we must live a life that helps in actually getting there. The “exit strategy” or Exit point is literally after a long drive, so our exit plan to the world beyond is literally influenced by our daily lives and choices. I hope this gives us an idea as to how to prepare for a meaningful exit.
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