"When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "The Cost of Discipleship."
There are different kinds of dying.
This is, however, the essence of discipleship. And often the essence of our vocations.
It's not always easy to live out our vocations , be they to marriage, parenthood, religious life, priesthood...
But we do it. We live, we follow Christ, and sometimes we die a little bit inside.
Yet we are never alone. We have His graces.
We follow Him, we die and out of what feels like the ashes of our vocation, is borne a strength, a faith.
This is the cost of discipleship.
And the joy.