Mostly a house day today. I am sorting out options for travel to Istanbul to visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque which has had a lengthy history in Turkey. Getting there by train is complicated and long, 40 hours with a third of that time being wait times between train stations. My luggage finally arrived late in the day and the house cat is getting friendlier.
What has me inspired today is a conversation with my cousin around the recent death of his cherished brother in law. Advance Care Planning, Medical Aid in Dying (legal in Austria as of January 2022), suicide, religious beliefs and palliative care all came up along while acknowledging the ‘when’ factor, not ‘if’ we die. Uncertainty around one’s state of mind and the ability to change one’s mind after preferences have been committed to paper can cause uneasiness. Experiencing the loss of someone we care deeply about is an especially vulnerable time. If we can lean into the uncertainty, there is an opening to think about our own mortality and commit ourselves to live our unique path more fully, more authentically and with more alignment to purpose.