365 Challenge: Day 100 – Morbid

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Morbid: characterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease.


Today, we are celebrating life and death on ThisIsMyTruthNow’s 365 Daily Challenge. And before you go any further, I mean no offense nor to cause any trouble with this post, as it’s intended with humor and jest; however, I acknowledge it also reveals a little bit about my sense of humor. This is going to be an interesting one, but I promise no GIFs with gore, although I do love them.

This is my 100th post in the 365 Daily Challenge. I thought about the number 100 for a few minutes, discovering what it really means to me:

  1. The perfectionist in me always strives to get a score of 100 on any tests or exams (assuming that’s the highest mark). What a nerd!
  2. I’m very in tune with history, time and genealogy, which makes the concept of 100 years, or a century, very important to my research and interests.
  3. I’d like to live until I’m at least 100 years old. I plan to be healthy, active, youthful and still have all my wits about me. The way I look at it… as a kid, I always acted at least 5 to 10 years older than I was, and that continued up until I was around 30 when acting like I was near retirement… I finally gave up and said… act your age. So now… as I start growing older, it’s time to regress a little. By that logic, when I’m 100, maybe it’ll be like I’m really 50. So this is all gonna work out quite well for me. Hope to see you all then, too!

To put a few points around these rambles… hitting the milestone 100 posts in the 365 Daily Challenge today made me feel kinda good. I will also have completed 500 book reviews by next week, which has been a lot of work. And I just made 600 followers on WordPress. A nice little celebration this week… Life on WordPress has been great!

So now you’re asking why is the title of this post “morbid?” Well… I have a slight fascination with death and horror. And life and death balance each other out… so I thought I’d combine the two into this 100th post. A bit morbid, right? Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve always wondered about death — in a very healthy way. Big curiosity over what happens when someone dies, where they really go, do you get a second chance, are there really past lives, can you haunt someone? That kinda stuff. And whenever there’s a book, film or TV show that covers these topics, I love it!

My favorite place to go by myself is a cemetery or a graveyard. I find them relaxing. I feel connected with things. To see all the history. The memories. The missing pieces. The lost. The pain. The hope. Sometimes a little scare or fear at night. It’s a place that feels real to me, which is quite odd, given that it’s the place things that are no longer “real” go after life. I’m odd. I know it. I accept it. But it’s the truth. And that’s what I say on this site.

I also love gore. When movies or films get right in there and show all the horrible, nasty and disgusting things happening to bodies or people who’ve been murdered, it keeps my attention. For almost everyone I know, they close their eyes or leave the room; some even get sick. Not me. I’m good with seeing it all. I have some strange ability to turn off the “scary & squeamish” part and look at it more subjectively. That said… I’ve never been injured myself, so I have no idea what might happen if it were my own body with the issues. I know I get this from my dad, as he’s the same way. Blood, gore, surgery… none of it bothers him. Apparently, we’ve got strong stomachs for that kinda stuff. The only way to describe it is “morbid.”

When I read books like Paradise Lost or Inferno (Dante), I wish I could be part of that exploration. It’s not that I want to see the pain in or on other people, but it’s to gain knowledge about the broad concepts of life and death. It’s more intellectual for me… not like I want to sit around and watch people be dismembered just for fun. OK, well that’s not true… I do love serial killer books and movies, especially when they come from nowhere and make me jump just a little. I root for the serial killer. In theory. Not in real life, of course. That would be wrong. I know that much. 😛

By now, you probably agree… I’m morbid. You may even think I’m quite peculiar and extraordinarily scary. But… as you know… I don’t hold back in these 365 daily posts. So no need to worry whether I’m a secret psycho. A psycho wouldn’t put all this out for the public to read. And it’s a good thing this stuff all makes me laugh and have fun. I could be morose about it; and most people think of morbid and morose together. I’m the opposite. I see morbid as a fascination and morose as doom-n-gloom. Aren’t you glad you read today’s post?

Who would have thought combining the 100th “365 Daily Challenge” post would lead to me talking about serial killers, whacking people’s heads off and wondering when I might die!?!?!! Anyone else out there like me? Or do you run for the hills when it comes to this kinda stuff?

To Be or Not To Be: That Is The Question

(morbid, that is… to be or not to be morbid?)


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


13 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 100 – Morbid

    susandyer1962 said:
    June 20, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Congratulations on 600 followers!! So awesome!!

    There used to be a website where you could go and look at death photos, famous people and all that……I used to check those pictures out, uh, ALOT!! I can’t remember the website name…..Death something lol!!

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    Nel said:
    June 20, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    When I think of 100 I think of the show. Which is pretty morbid especially season 4! Anyway, you should definitely check out the show Luther if you like death and serial killers especially paired with intelligence. That is one of my all time favorites. Well and Idris Elba is the main character and he’s hot… Also, because I’m me, technically it’s possible a psycho would post all about their psychoness on a blog but they’d probably disguise it in a clever fashion. That’s usually how it is on tv anyway! You should watch Sherlock BBC series too, hahaha

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 20, 2017 at 9:33 AM

      I have started watching Sherlock. I enjoyed the first few. I meant to check out Luther. Need to look for that this week. 🙂 haha… yes, a serial killer would post some of this. But I wasn’t very clever about it! :O

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    Jo-Ann said:
    June 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Hey! Congrats on 100 posts and 600 followers! Whoo Hooo! that’s awesome!
    I’m not a huge fan of gore as in I don’t enjoy watching it, per se, but it doesn’t bother me like it bothers some people. Working in a medical lab for 30 years will do that 😉
    I enjoy the peacefulness at graveyards. I like wondering what the story is on the inhabitants, the story behind the headstones. I do get a bit freaked out at ghosty things though!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 20, 2017 at 11:35 AM

      Wouldn’t a ghoulish book tour in a Cemetery be fun? And thank you!!!


    Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    June 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    “It’s to gain knowledge about the broad concepts of life and death.” I agree with this. I read those kind of books for the same reason. I don’t like serial killers. When I read serial killer books I feel like if they have used that much brain in good thing they might have done lot of good. But again it helps to know human flaws.

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    foodinbooks said:
    June 20, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    I’m into dark, goth and morbid stuff myself. I don’t much care for real-life serial killer type stuff, but I love ghosts, vampires, cemeteries, crucifixes and the overall supernatural vibe. There’s another blog I follow, called The Ghost In My Machine, which you might check out. Chock-full of dark and morbid stuff.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM

      Thx for the heads up. I will take a look. As for serial killers…. only like in tv or books. Not in real life!

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    Rae Longest said:
    June 21, 2017 at 5:40 AM

    I loved the pictures/videos on this one. It brought out a side of me I didn’t know was there. LOL

    Liked by 1 person

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