One of the only things that’s true of absolutely every human being on earth is that none of us knows what happens after we die.

We might think we know, or believe we know, or even hope we know, but the fact of the matter is, none of us know until after we die – and then we’re not talking.

Here are 17 people’s ideas, though, so take a gander if you’re curious!

17. This will make your head hurt.

 I don’t remember where I heard it, but if a planet in the Andromeda galaxy had a telescope powerful enough, and was able to look at any place on Earth right now in our time, they would see Earth 2.5 million years ago.

In another 2.5 million years if they looked again, they could see me typing this very sentence. That probably doesn’t make sense, but interesting theory.

Like, if we were able to pinpoint a place on a planet in Andromeda right now, we would be seeing that planet from 2.5 million years ago, even if there was advanced civilization on it “now”.

16. A whole lot of nothing.

I fell in a pool at 6, and I kinda only remember feeling at peace, then nothing, and then tasting vomit soon after and having a really bad headache.

15. It’s just science.

Your body bio degrades and its atoms return to nature.

Yeah. I can entertain the idea of a greater power, but the physical makeup of my brain and the body attached to it, which feed chemicals that effect how my brain interpets consciousness are likely a one-time event. On the bright side, none of that really disappears and it all just goes back into the cosmos over the next few billion years.

Which is why I’d like my body to decompose freely in a forested area. I want my atoms to disperse directly into the earth for sentimental and symbolic reasons.

14. Just acceptance.

I wonder if that is acceptance of fate. Who remembers the moment they actually fall asleep. The moment of awake and asleep.

There’s nothing, until your brain activated again on another level.

13. He is wise.

“The ones who love us will miss us” – Keanu.

12. How awful.

when I was like 9. I think it was at mountain creek but I’m not sure.

There was this tube water ride and it emptied out into like a natural pool at the bottom. I was a very good swimmer but this didn’t help that day for some reason.

I basically flew out of the tube and right underneath a veeeery large lady floating on one of those little yellow rubber round lifesaver things. I think I got stuck in the middle of the circle in such a way that I’d need to first swim down and then to the side, but I had no idea what was going on and was panicking. I was just clawing at her butt and the lifesaver thing and remember that the panic eventually started fading (along with everything else).

Then I guess either she felt something or i somehow got out from under, at the exact lucky moment right before everything faded to black. Started gasping for breath and my parents finally saw me and rushed towards me to get me out of the pool.

The poor lady was hysterical swearing that she thought it was a rock underneath or something. I remember feeling bad for her and how embarrassed she must’ve been.

Think I came pretty close to dying that day though.

11. Dreams again.

I once had a dream about this, I die in my dream but instead of waking, I kept dreaming about this infinite beach with grey and white sand, the white one was moving; in the sky there was 3 moons and the horizon was vivid dark blue , I appear at the sea’s shore, the water was incredibly cold, and I couldn’t move by my own, I started walking towards the bottom, and I felt observed; while I was moving, everything was getting darker and colder.

I began to stop feeling my limbs, and then from the darkness, 6 gigantic monstrous glowing eyes opened and gave me a horrible feeling of fear, I couldn’t see more than his eyes but his presence was very imposing, and I knew it was bigger than my sight could encompass, suddenly something came from the darkness and touched my face, and then my body, an hourglass emerged from my body, and stood between the creature’s eyes and mine; the creature contemplated the hourglass for long time and then, a high-pitched sound that alerted the creature was heard, as if they had hit some metal, the hourglass was put back to its place, in my body; the creature looked up and so did I.

Suddenly I started to feel like I was drowning and I started to float, very fast, I could see out of the corner of my eye how the creature’s eyes were lost in the dark, the surface was getting closer, and when I was for reach it, I wake up. That dream has haunted me ever since, I will never be able to forget the eyes of that creature that I know is waiting for me at the bottom of that cold sea, on that moving white sand beach, in that world with 3 moons and a blue horizon.

10. This doesn’t sound so bad…until it does.

You wake up in a chair in a cinema and learn that the other are past lives of you and you’re about to watch your next life very soon on the big screen.

All the people watching me now just keep yelling, “Yooo this b**ch is stuuupid!”

9. This makes me feel better.

Every time i nearly die (maybe like 3-4 near misses) I always have a nice kinda peaceful moment of “oh well, I had a good run” and like a general feeling that I did my best.

I really hope when I actually die, it’s that feeling, but like lengthened into a small fading point of contentment. Just a sigh of a joyfully lived life and then nothing.

8. We all live forever. Technically.

All things are made of atoms. They are everywhere and they constitute everything. They are fantastically durable. Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you.

We are so atomically numerous and so vigorously recycled at death that a significant number of our atoms – up to a billion for each of us, it has been suggested-probably once belonged to Shakespeare …..and any other historical figure you care to name …….

So we are all reincarnations – though short lived ones. When we die, our atoms will disassemble and move off to finds new uses elsewhere – as part of a leaf or other human being or a drop of dew. Atoms themselves, however go on practically forever. -Bill Bryson

7. It happens to the best of us.

I personally think you just stop existing and only the memory of you lives on in the head of the people around you.

6. Sounds relaxing.

While telling a story too inappropriate for this thread, comedian Jim Jeffries talked about his childhood best freind Daniel Connor and his brother, Andrew.

Dan was born with Muscular Dystrophy. Throughout his life, he had been dead at least 7 times and was brought back each time.

When Jim asked him what happens after death, he responded with: “….”Nothing.”

5. Time has no meaning.

Considering that time has no meaning without our conscious input, I think that after you die, an arbitrarily big amount of time will pass (in an instant) until your conscience comes into existence in a form or other.

This sounds an awful lot like reincarnation (because it is), but I feel like this is a reasonable, maybe scientific explanation for it.

Also, it makes me cope with my inevitable demise.

4. Sounds like an adventure.

Hey! You finally awake.

You were trying to cross the border right?

Walked right into the imperial ambush same as us and that thief over there.

3. Alone with his thoughts.

This is going to sound super woo woo, but one time I was in a nasty rollover, and I was in the hospital. They gave me ketamine because at the time it was the best option to both sedate me, and keep my heart beating. I went down a k-hole while they fixed me, but I was absolutely convinced that I was dead. Blinding white light, and then nothing. No body. No hospital. No injuries. Just floating through nothing with my thoughts and memories. Zero panic. I was totally cool with the fact that I was dead….

If death is anything like that, I’m totally happy with it.

Coming down of ketamine was not fun, especially not in a strange hospital with a shopping list of injuries.

2. It depends on time and space.

I believe we just stop existing, nothingness. However I do think we still exist in a cosmic universal sense, it all depends on time and space. My grandmother died recently, 98 years a good run. She no longer exists now in 2021, but she’s still around young and in her 20’s in the 1940’s. The only thing that separates us are two things time and space. We don’t blip out completely we still exist along the flow of time.

Did that make any sense? Little tipsy here.

1. Traveling through existence.

Absolutely nothing for an indeterminate amount of time. And then, because of the vastness of the universe, and one of those “infinite monkeys and infinite typewriters” type things, poof…. Your “sense of self” pops back up somewhere else. Perhaps another planet billions of light years away.

I only imagine that (not really believe it) because of the improbability that my consciousness exists NOW based on the age of the universe. Give my the age of the universe and my age, it seems quite improbable that my consciousness exists at all. So maybe it ALWAYS exists.

Just a thought, as I travel through existence.

Do you have a real opinion on what you think happens?

Tell us what and how you formed this belief in the comments!