“Both Alexander the Great and his mule-keeper were both brought to the same place by death – they were either received into the all-generative reason, or scattered among the atoms.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Sooner or later we’re going to come to the end of our lives, and then we’ll all be equal. Worry not about how people will think of you after your days on earth are over: you have zero control over that. Just remember that sobering fact when you are feeling a little down on your luck, or, conversely, getting perhaps a little too smug or big for your boots.
Soon our existence will be forgotten – like so many before us – and any footprints we leave behind quickly obscured by the sands of time blown by the eternal wind.
This too shall pass. Make the most of the time you do have in the here-and-now.