How many times have we said this, heard this? Thousands perhaps, and now here we find ourselves saying it yet again. The passing of Paul Walker is nothing short of tragic and shocking, and I certainly send prayers to his family and friends, but let us try to take this tragedy as an opportunity to learn. An opportunity to reflect and appreciate the precious gift of living.
Let us also take this opportunity to learn to be sympathetic. Regardless if you were a fan or not, this is not a place for “celebrity status”. This is a place where a fellow human being has perished in a most tragic way. A little girl lost her father, a family lost someone they love, he was just a man with a job that was bit more thrilling than most of us know. Please be respectful, and please remember he did not die alone. His friend Roger Rodas was lost that day and his family now grieves as well.
Those of you who know me have heard me say this countless times, and I am sure those of you just getting familiar with me will soon grow equally as tired of hearing it. However, don’t take your life granted! We have no guarantees for tomorrow. I’m sure Paul and Roger must have had a million things planned for this week, maybe some Christmas shopping, or dinner with family, or time spent with friends.
These are simple everyday things that we take for granted every single day. Why can’t we all just learn to live, to be happy, to be grateful for what we have no matter how little it may seem? We have to stop comparing our lives to others because we’ve not had the same journey. We have to stop judging others because they make choices we wouldn’t. We have to start paying attention to our own lives before one day it all just disappears.
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? –every, every minute?” ― Thornton Wilder Our Town
Find a reason to be happy. Each and every day, find at least one thing that you are grateful for; even if it is a cup of coffee or a snooze button on your alarm. (Personally, I am always thankful for these!!). Just find that one thing and remind yourself how lucky you are to have the opportunity. Because at that very moment, someone else is wishing they had one more opportunity.
Live. Love. Be Happy.
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