Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy play ends in the tragic suicides of two young star-crossed lovers. Several movies, plays, and television episodes show a heart-moving death scene. It may be a case of betrayal or misfortune or love gone awry. The lead character chooses death as the only solution or possible option. The soon departed often utters their last words before ending their life journey. When seeing this, we say, “He gave up his life for the other. How romantic, she died for love.”
So often we get wrapped up in the death and at least for a brief period of time, forget about life. Life today, the greater sacrifice and act of courage are to live for love.
Self is the prefix to many psychological terms; self-acceptance, self-esteem, self-image, self-assuredness, and self-worth. These “selfs” become challenged in today’s fast paced, technology and the information-based world. Businesses struggle to succeed and maybe fail. Businesses close, new businesses enter the fray. Individuals work long hours to succeed, to the point of exhaustion. Personal relationships too may struggle.
These hardships and misfortunes can become reasons for us to “throw in the towel” or become the “straw that broke the camel’s back.” Somehow many find it all too easy to justify death, not necessarily physically, but spiritually. Humans can become cynical, negative, and apathetic. People “die” by letting life now pass them by.
Choosing life is what takes courage! We are alive when we are loving, strong, we bounce back, we get up off the floor and try again. Take another risk, go for it, the will to win, the desire to endure, and renewed zeal, that is self-esteem, and that is life. The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Surely then, living is the proof of love and life, anyone can die.