The Cycle of Life

A friend of mine once said, ‘What is to come, will eventually go. What is missing, will not return. No need to regret, because there will always be a new and better successor. That is life cycle. Life must go on whatever happens.’

It is clear to everyone that life has a course with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It is like what we have studied in our biology class. Some organisms are born, mature, and die rapidly. Other organisms have life cycles lasting for thousand of years.

Many people fear death. But wherever we go, death will always follow. We cannot avoid death. Death is a fact of life; the question is when will it happen.

I am reminded of a movie scene that I have seen before. In the scene, a daughter asked his father.

‘Why someone has to die?’ she asked him.

‘Someone must die, so that people who are still alive can appreciate their lives better,’ replied the father.

Based on my personal experience, the death of a parent forces me to master the requisite life skill of overcoming adversity. It is like I am going through the stages of novice, intermediate and advanced.

“A life ends; another begins.” – Jake Sully, Avatar

After the demise of my father, a few years ago, my grandmother who heard the news that her son had died; since then, her health began to deteriorate until she passed away. She felt that everything had been taken from her because she outlived her husband, her grandchild, and her son.

I quote a dialogue from a movie that said, ‘No parent should have to bury their child.’

Today, it has been 40 days since my grandmother died. And I have not give a last respect to her because I did not attend her funeral. But I hope that I can visit her burial ground soon. She was the last of my both grandparents to die.

She lived to a goodly age, then died, leaving me with fond memories of her.


‘Verily we belong to God, and to God we return.’

in memory of

Nurhasni Piliang (1925–2009)


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