Memento Mori Calendar
Marcus Aurelius said, “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” Moses said, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Shakespeare wrote, “Every third thought should be my grave.” Mozart said, “As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence.” And Tolstoy said, “If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different.”
That’s over 3,000 years of wisdom on the same theme...
But for most of history, memento mori was more than a thought exercise, it was a practice. Desks were staged with skulls to remind people of the urgency of life. On walls hung paintings of skeletons, hourglasses, extinguished candles, wilting tulips. In their pockets, they carried memento mori medallions and watch keys.
Continuing that tradition, we are excited to announce Daily Stoic’s newest creation: The Memento Mori Calendar.
The average human lifespan nowadays is 80 years. That means, your life is made up of (hopefully) 4,160 weeks. So the Memento Mori Calendar has 4,160 dots, each dot representing a week of your life and each row representing 2 years of your life. By filling in the Memento Mori Calendar every week, you will not only see how much life you've already lived (or as Seneca says, how much you’ve already died), but also how much life you've (hopefully) got left.
And of course, none of those to-be-filled-in dots are guaranteed. Every day it is true: this could be your last day on this planet. As wonderful as it would be if there was no such thing as death, we have to use death as a tool. We have to use it as a spur to move us forward. We have to use it as a reminder of what’s truly important and we have to be made better for the fact that we don’t know how much time we have. We never do. And we never will.
WHAT YOU GET:
- The Memento Mori Calendar (18" x 24")
- Wooden magnetic frame (Wood)
- 1 red Daily Stoic permanent marker
- 1 black Daily Stoic permanent marker
*This product only ships to North America.