Honestly, I think you knew this when you signed up: No one gets out of here alive. So we all might as well not take it all so seriously; we all might as well have some fun; we all might as well be who we were meant to be.
Or, as Byron Ballard, beloved of the landspirits and the Goddess says: “Light the signal fires. Save the scrolls. Build the temples Time to ride.”
It’s all real. It’s all metaphor. There’s always more.