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I have a tattoo on each of my forearms, one says "love life" and the other says "embrace death". I got them while I was in the military, but independent of being in the military. I had a friend (unrelated brother would be another term) who was shot and killed by his father in law. He knew it was coming, he may have been able to avoid dying himself, but didn't. I had spoken to him about life and death multiple times, and he always lived such that if he were to die that moment, he wouldn't have any regrets, but he clung to and enjoyed life. I'm not going to go into the full story of the details surrounding his death (I am willing to over email if anyone's really wants to know), but I got the tattoos shortly afterwards as a constant reminder. It's about being the person you want to be, doing the right thing even if it isn't the easy thing, living life so that if you died right now you could be proud of how you lived your life.

I have met very few people who live their lives the same way (many claim to, or even do when it's the easy path, but stray when it's not) and there are many people who have similar experiences but go on to just live in fear, or eventually put it to the back of their minds. Everyone, death is inevitable (even if we somehow achieve immortality, there's the heat death of the universe). No matter how long or short your life is, you decide where it goes and you are the judge of the quality of how you lived that life.

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