Epicurus- Postponing your happiness

I have read lot of different philosophy books. But one that stands out and is closest to my ideology is Epicurus.

I have been thinking about this one saying for a long time.

“14. We have been born once and cannot be born a second time; for all eternity we shall no longer exist. But you, although you are not in control of tomorrow, are postponing your happiness. Life is wasted by delaying, and each one of us dies without enjoying leisure.”

it’s one line from Epicurus Vatican sayings collection.
http://www.epicurus.net/en/vatican.html

What does it mean? It starts by stating the obvious(which many of us don’t even realize). We have been born ones and cannot be born a second time. Continues to give the wider meaning: for all eternity we shall no longer exist. Then it focuses and sort of blames the reader: ‘But you’. Stating the obvious and bringing to mind that we cannot control the world, but still we are postponing our happiness. And ends up with closing statement, ‘Life is wasted by delaying, and each one of us dies without enjoying leisure’. The last line almost like admits, that life is wasted by delaying and each of us dies without enjoying leisure. The writer joins the reader almost by admitting that he’s one of us and also doing the same thing.

I’ve been thinking about the leisure. What is accounted as ‘leisure’? How the life is wasted by delaying? Are we delaying the leisure or just keeping our self busy with stuff we don’t want or need?.

JP

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