“Tuesdays with Morrie”, by Mitch Albom gives the account of Mitch’s meetings and interactions with his old college professor Morrie Schwartz, who has been slowly dieing over the course of several months of a disease called ALS. This makes Morrie’s situation unique in the fact that he knows roughly when he will pass away, giving him incentive to pass all his advice and experiences before it leaves with him. Throughout the book they discuss many different topics about life including what matters most in it and how we should live it. Although diverse, most of these themes can all be narrowed down to the inevitable death that everyone faces, and how we should deal with this seemingly harsh reality. Morrie goes more in depth on this topic on the fourth tuesday, starting off with saying, “Let’s begin with this idea, everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it.”. He is implying that despite knowing that we will all die someday, we don’t live our lives like it is going to happen. Because we could pass away at any moment, he encourages us to make the most of each day, asking ourselves, “is today the day?”, “Am I ready?”,”Am I doing all that I need to do?”, “Am I being the person I want to be?”. Morrie tells the reader that once we can learn to accept and be ready for death, only then can we fully live. “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live”, he says, but can anyone ever really be prepared for death?
Death is sly and mysterious, striking quickly and unpredictably, it is something nobody can ever be fully prepared for, whether it happens suddenly or slowly. It seems that in the end, death comes too quickly, whether we are young or old. The secret to having a long life is not necessarily to have physically lived more years, but to have more memories. A person who has lived 50 years who has many life experiences and made many memories with others will feel like he has lived longer than a person who is 100 years old, but has lived uneventfully, barely experiencing life. This is the main message that Morrie tries to convey throughout the book, and in a way acts as a warning, telling the reader to hold on to the ones we love and the things that really matter, so that when death does come to steal us, we can be as prepared as we can.