What do Thais think about their own death?

Certain life circumstances can cause people to begin to think about their own death. A new health issue ot an unexpected diagnoses. One responded in this video woke up with tinnitus in his right ear. Tinnitus is a constant ringing in the ear that varies is severity. His case sounds pretty bad and he found that he wasn’t able to focus or study. He began to think that perhaps just dying would be alright. However, as mentioned in another post, Thais have a strong sense of duty to accomplish things in life and he decides that he will live his life to the fullest.

Next is a woman who had been healthy for her entire life before going to the doctor to get a check up and being told that she had a chronic disease. She was shocked and frightened and wondered if her life was over. Naturally she was feeling down and questioning why it happened to her. She worked hard and just lived her life. After a while she was just happy to be alive though and she lives in the present.

The third respondent has a more pragmatic outlook. “Everyone must die one day.” She said. Rather than focus on that she will focus on what she can do today to be prepared. She doesn’t just plan her own life, but her son as well. What will he do when she is gone? How will he care for himself? She doesn’t have a lot of money or land, but she can be sure he has an education. If she died, she could at least give him that foundation upon which to build his life and family.

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Have you ever thought about your own death?

I used to think about committing suicide.
I’m not so sure but I think it was after a midterm final exam.
The next morning I woke up and found out that…
…there was something wrong with my right ear.
There was a constant ringing noise in my head.
My life changed forever because of that ringing noise in my right ear.
At first I couldn’t focus on anything.
I couldn’t study at all.
And there was no way to cure it.
I went to a hospital to check with a doctor and we did a bunch of test with my ear.
He tried to cure me with steroids, medicine etc.
It was so stressful, living with this noise.
It’s a fear that other people will never understand.
It just kept going on like this, and I felt like it might be better if I died.
But I also have a duty and a burden to accomplish things in life.
I will live the rest of my life to the fullest.

I’ve never had any chronic disease before you know.
But one day, I went to see a doctor for a health check.
And he told me that I have a chronic disease.
I was so shocked, so frightened.
I felt like, maybe this is the end of my life.
I I felt so down.
I questioned myself, why this has to happen to me.
So sudden..
I’m just trying to work hard and live my life and suddenly…
…why this disease?..
Then I started losing weight, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat.
After a while I started to think…
When I woke up in the morning and I was still alive.
I was just grateful for that, being alive another day.
day by day.
I live in the present, I’m just happy with it.
I just think of it as karma.
My fate….
…is just like this.
I just accept it.
And don’t think of it too much, then I’ll be happy.

Everyone must die one day.
I think about what I can do today to be prepared.
Planning for my life, my son’s life as well.
How he will take care of himself after I’m gone.
Education is one thing I can give it to him.
I don’t have a lot of money, land, etc. for him so, he can’t just not go to school,…
…live, and waste money for the rest of his life.
According to that, While I’m still alive, I can afford his education cost.
If I died, he can use knowledge to make money and build his own family.
It’s his foundation.

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