Life is precious, and the reminders are like unexpectedly blows to the stomach. When I hear of a friend, loved one, or acquaintance experiencing a devastating loss, I want to the push rewind button. I recall reading books, such as The Outsiders and dealing with tragedy the same way I want to deal with it now – I would rewind time. First, I would re-read the pages leading up to the tragic moment over and over again sobbing when tragedy hit as if it was the first time I read it. I desperately wanted to make the person alive again.
Yesterday was that type of day for me. One of my closest friends from high school experienced a devastating loss. When I first read the news, I flat-out rejected the information. I then read through her page with the lovely messages between mother and daughter. I wanted to spare her daughter’s twin sister’s pain. I don’t know what my classmate is going through – I’ve never lost a child. I did imagine the hellish road she’s entered. There is nothing that is going to ease the intense pain and time is not yet close to taking the edge off the pain.
Life is Precious
I have severed my relationship with some of my loved ones. It was not easy. Since my mom’s untimely death in 1982, I have made it a priority to value the people around me but didn’t require the same in return. It took me a while to separate myself from loved ones who did not respect or love me. I do keep a window of hope hoping there will be no regrets in the future.
I am grateful I am not indifferent to another people’s pain. One day it will be my family’s turn. It reminds me how important it is to appreciate the person standing in front of me. No matter how much life our loved ones have in front of us, it is not so forever.
Thank God for life and appreciate each moment you have with your loved ones.