Your post brings to mind a quote I remember from a movie.
"ANDY: I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying."
From the movie 'Shawshank Redemption'
As I start my journey on the 19th I will remember this.
Good luck on your journey, bw!
Regarding that fine quote, once we really dedicate ourselves to living, we can stop obsessing about
the morbid inevitability of dying.