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I Am Not Afraid of Death [pt. 2]

Last week, I posted about death cafes and how, at 31, I am not afraid of death. I actually wrote that post on March 8, and five days later, one of my high school classmates, along with another Neosho High School graduate, died in a car accident in Indiana.

When I found out, all I could think was “Too young, he was too young to die.”

I will never know how Brad felt about dying, but even though we didn’t stay in close contact after high school, it seemed like he was doing a good job of Living, and he had always been good at pursuing his passions and playing to his strengths, in high school, at the very least. Continue reading

I Am Not Afraid of Death [pt. 1]

Today, I heard a piece on NPR about death cafes, a place where people can come together to contemplate their mortality. The reporter said, “The fear of death haunts us like nothing else. And it makes sense. All other fears — such as public speaking, centipedes and heights — pale in comparison. So we don’t really talk about it.”

I am not afraid of death.

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This I Believe Podcasts 10: Friendship

For the final This I Believe podcasts post, we hear about a topic very important to me: friendship. A normally happy, carefree topic, Hannah, Andreas, and Carolin share times in their lives when they encountered difficulties and friends came through for them or they realized the power of friendship, the power of a smile.

Click the links below to listen to the podcast, or right-click to download the file.

The Podcasts

“The Power of Friendship” by Hannah Vollmer — Click here to listen.

When she had to move from her hometown to go to college, Hannah felt utterly and completely alone. But hardly a day passed before her friends reminded her that they would always be there for her, and now she believes in the huge impact friends can have on your life.

“No More Truth and Ritalin” by Andreas Günzing — Click here to listen.

When his best friend was in a desperate situation, Andreas realized that the value he had placed on Truth did not matter in the end. Only a smile does.

“A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed” by Carolin 1 — Click here to listen.

When her mother was away, Carolin had to admit her father to the hospital and watch his condition deteriorate. It was more than she could handle, but one phone call and Anna was there, being the best friend anyone could ask for at such a time.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.



This I Believe Podcasts 9: Balance, Hope, Death

Today, three students share beliefs that influence they way they deal with life’s most difficult times—including failure and success, rape, drugs, and death—and find hopeful and reassuring answers during their searching.

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The Podcasts

“The Pendulum of Life” by Natalie Müller — Click here to listen.

Natalie believes that balance is a powerful, passive force that is a part of each of us, and that gives her hope in even the darkest times.

“Unbreakable Strength” by Anna Scheer — Click here to listen.

Having observed three close friends and family members endure the unthinkable and overcoming it, Anna developed an unbreakable faith in the strength of each of us.

“The Very Basic Rule of Energy” by Masja Raab — Click here to listen.

When her mother died, Masja realized that she did not know what she believed about life after death, much less how to Be without her mother. That’s when she found peace in an odd place: a lesson from her physics class.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.

This I Believe Podcasts 8: Optimism, Souls, Sports

Today, three students share three different sources of strength: Karolina  finds direction in her positive thinking, student 4 find peace and new friends because of her belief in our souls, and Katharina finds strength for everyday life in the lessons of the heptathlon.

Click the links below to listen to the podcast, or right-click to download the file.

The Podcasts

“How Thinking Positively Shapes My Life” by Karolina — Click here to listen.

Before she was aware of it, Karolina’s parents encouraged her to think optimistically. She started to notice the power of positive thinking when she moved away for college and became independent, and optimism gives her peace about the future.

“My Companion, The Soul” by Student 4* — Click here to listen.

A near-death experience as a teenager shaped this student’s beliefs about what happens to our souls once our bodies have ceased to function and how our souls interact with others’ souls.

“Heptathlon – A School For Life” by Katharina Eberling — Click here to listen.

This athlete shares a belief in the heptathlon because it has taught her that life’s challenges take hard work, joy, and an ounce of luck.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.