If only

September 18, 2012

When I wrote Sunday’s post, I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular. I’d taken the photo one overcast summer day in Santa Cruz, and then seen the phrase “there is life before death” and put the two together.

But since then, I’ve had reason to think about how life can change in an instant and turn  on a dime.

Think about this:

One minute you’re happily bicycling with the person you love and the next minute you’re in an ICU fighting for your life. Life as you knew it just a minute before is gone forever . 

It’s an image I can’t shake because it’s happened to someone I know.

Someone else I know had a moment of bad judgment that took the life of the woman he loved, the mother of his children. Snap! In one instant, she was gone, his life changed and so did his children’s.

If only.

If only he hadn’t had that last drink.

If only she had chosen to stay home instead of bicycle that day.

If only.

We just don’t know what’s ahead for us, what’s on our path. The happiness, the heartbreak. Any of it. Not until it happens.

We can’t assume that life will go as we planned. Tomorrow is not a guarantee.

Embracing life is so important, and that’s come home to me a big way this week.

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