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Lossography Essay

  • Submitted by: clynnlove
  • on March 23, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 2,625 words

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I once heard a quote “The only guarantees in life are death and taxes.” I have no idea who said it, or where it came from, but it rings true as you get older. Promises are broken, spouses leave or cheat, career positions change, friends come and go, technology advances, the world continues to change. Nothing (it seems) is guaranteed, except that we will all pay taxes and we will all eventually die. I am willing to bet given the chance most of us would avoid both! But alas, these are life’s only guarantees, the things we can bet money on and never lose (unless it’s to taxes). Somehow the fact we can’t avoid death makes us all want to avoid it even more. Whether it be by death anxiety, death paranoia or avoidance people find new and inventive ways to pretend death is not imminent and can be avoided. Through the study of the losses in my life from my pre school years all the way to my late twenties I have found that I have avoided loss in my life as though it is the black plague itself. Acknowledge it, and it becomes real and you must deal with the death and the emotions that comes with it. Avoid it, and you can pretend that death never happened, that person is not really gone and you can skip the unappealing emotions that accompany death or loss of those that are close to us. But what is the ultimate cost of the avoidance? Today I will explore how I learned to avoid the death and losses in my life and the toll it ultimately took in the end.
Strangely enough one of the very first memories of my life, is of death. After a shopping trip with my mom when I was four I ran into my house excited to show my dad ‘something’ I had bought. I remember running past the aquarium our guinea pig Oreo lived in, and I stopped mid-run. The aquarium was empty. “Where’s Oreo?” I asked my dad? “He died.” That was all my dad had to say. He didn’t tell me how. He didn’t tell me Oreo went to heaven to play with other Guinea pigs and would be happier and had wings and would watch over me....

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  • Submitted by: clynnlove
  • on March 23, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 2,625 words
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