“If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.”
The above is a quote from the film, Jacobs Ladder. And while, I actually had to look at the synopsis on IMDB to actually see what the film was about again – as its been a while since I saw it – I can always, always remember this quote from it.
And not because it’s been resampled in any industrial songs (That I know of) it’s because of the meaning behind it. It offers some sort of relative comfort that we shouldn’t actually be afraid of what will come to us once we die. We should relax and just let the angels take us, rather than be torn away from our mortal existences.
I find comfort in the quote. A comfort that I don’t find in many places. At times, I don’t even fear death.
And then I remember that I have someone to live for and the thought of not seeing him growing up fills me with utter dread! I am more scared of dying now than I ever have been in my life – despite feeling that fearing it will be worse in the long run. It’s a complicated run of emotions and something for the much more philosophical amongst us can debate until the cows come home.
For the sake of the writing challenge topic though, I wanted to share this quote with you. And honestly, I would love to know how it makes you feel too.