do you want to live forever?

When I was so much younger, I dreamt about being a mermaid or a vampire. I wanted to be a mermaid because I did not know how to swim and if I was a mermaid, swimming would come naturally to me. I wanted to be a vampire because I wanted to live forever. I thought that nothing was more beautiful than being able to go around the world and see everything. Being young, I did not realize that if I lived forever, I would have to see every single person I love die.

Recently, I discovered the TV series Forever where the lead could not remain dead. Yes, he does not remain dead. He dies but he is reborn into the exact same body. He remains 35forever and has been for the last 200 years.

Watching it, and other shows or movies that has an immortal in it, I realized that no I do not want to live forever. I think it is right that people will eventually die. It makes life worth living, and it makes life more valuable.

I think that when someone lives forever, they eventually lose their zest for life and their appreciation for beauty. I think that when someone lives forever, they eventually become hard and they stop loving. I know that I would stop loving people if I always outlive them.

The beauty of living forever and never aging only looks good in the movies and in books. In reality, what makes life beautiful and precious is the fact that it can be taken away so easily and in an instant. 

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