Respice finem

…loosely translated from Latin, it means look to the end, or consider the end.

Interpretation is varied, and context can change the meaning of this simple phrase, but I believe it’s a valuable reminder of the impermanence of life and how each of us fit into this world. 

Whatever you do, whatever choices you’re about to make: consider the end.

Thinking about one’s own death can be scary, but it shouldn’t be. It’s the only thing we know for sure will happen to all of us. So keep life simple, soak up the ephemeral, and let this phrase be a mantra: a reminder to get outside, tell people you love them, express your creativity, and collect experiences, not stuff. Quality, not quantity. 

Don’t let the thought of your own mortality frighten you; use it to your advantage. 

Consider the end.