As I look back at my life, I am so grateful for my family and friends.  I appreciate every girl I dated and every person I have met.  I am also thankful for my health.  Life is so short, you never know when your time will come.  

In the way of the samurai (bushido), one must be aware of death at all times.  When you are constantly aware of your impermanence, you appreciate your loved ones and your life.  Body is nothing more than emptiness, emptiness is nothing more than body.  All Bodhisattvas and Buddhas have practiced to understand “emptiness” in order to have no delusions.  With no delusions, there is no fear.  Bushido and Buddhism teachings gives us the guidance to not fear death by always preparing for death.  We live to die.  We should never be dying to live where you are always angry, placing harm on others, jealous of others, sad, wishing you could live a better life, or just living day-to-day.  Rather, we must strive to be happy, spread positive energy to others, and do all we possibly can in life.  We must try to face life’s challenges and live life to the fullest because we live, knowing we will die.  It is not easy to master this, but it is worth trying as hard as we can.

I look forward to everyday of life.  I can’t wait until the next day to work, exercise, enjoy my family and old friends, meet new friends, and make the most of my life.  I appreciate everything.

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