A good scare is worth more
to a man (and woman) than good advice.
When I was barely twelve, at my request my Mother bought me my first Tarot deck. If you don't already know (unlikely), the tarot is a means of looking ahead & providing guidance. I have quite a collection of books on the Tarot, and in every one the death card, welcomed by nobody, talks of rebirth as well as physical or relationship or emotional death per se.
Recently I bought myself a little pocket book aptly called 'The Little Black Book of Tarot.' I like it alot.
I read what it said about the Death card and I like the message well enough that I want to share it:
'Don't waste time. The death card doesn't mean that you, or anyone
you know, will die soon. But be a little scared anyway. Be careful
not to squander your precious days, or go numb to the daily miracles
of life. Don't put off your 'I love you's'. Because, right smack in
the middle of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, Number 13 drops in to
remind you that you are mortal."