Death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things. I knew these truths abstractly, but I didn’t know them concretely—that they could be truths not just for everyone but also for this person right in front of me, for this person I was responsible for.

Atul Gawande, from Being Mortal

I started reading Being Mortal this morning at 3am when I couldn’t sleep. Kind of an intense book to read in the middle of the night. This quote hit me as poignant and a metaphor for our culture around failure in general. Life, death, rise, fall: it is the natural order of things. Why is that so hard to accept?