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If Your Life Flashes Before You – Will It Be What You Want To Watch?

If Your Life Flashes Before You – Will It Be What You Want To Watch?

By Susan Williams

There was often a belief that just before you die, your life flashes before you. Well, some research has actually found that this may be in fact the case.

As reported by Global News, they shared that a team of researchers from Hadassah University in Jerusalem conducted some research with people who had near death experiences to better understand what happened as they approached death.

What they discovered was these individuals had what the researchers now call life review experiences (LRE) . During these LRE’s the individuals had witnessed a vivid review of their life experiences.

Not only were these life review experiences of very emotional parts of their lives, but they had memories coming to them from other people’s perspectives. One of the volunteers was quoted as saying,

“I could individually go into each person and I could feel the pain that they had in their life … I was allowed to see that part of them and feel for myself what they felt,”

What made me even think of this is that just over this past week, I received notice that two people I had worked with over the course of my career recently died. Both of them were not that much older than I am now.  When you are hit with news like this, it can’t help but remind you of your own mortality.

As I thought about this more, and the idea of what my own LRE reel would look like, it made me wonder whether it would be made up of the things that I hope will really mean something at the end of my life journey.

Will my family know how much I really loved them? Will I have helped make life better for as many people as I could? Will I have seen, experienced and squeezed everything I could out of my life while I was here?

To be totally honest, I came up a bit short. I’ve got a few things to work on to try and get my life and experiences to the place that I’m hoping to get to.

But maybe that’s the point of feeling and experiencing the mortality of life.

As sad as it is to hear of someone’s passing it also serves as a reminder to us just how precious life is. These situations force us to slow down, catch our breath and push the reset button on our own lives. To take some time to make sure that we are focusing on what really matters in the end.

So I’m hoping that should my life ever flash before me, it will be something that I watch with pride. I will smile and know in my heart that I did everything I could to live the life I wanted to live.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.