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On Mortality

October 13, 2017

I've been thinking a lot lately about mortality.


Wait what? Hold on. Like, dying mortality?


Yup, that's the one. I mean, we all know it'll happen to us sometime, but how many of us really take into account the fact that one day, we just won't be here to experience life? 


With everything that's going on in the world, my heart (and the hearts of others) are hurting. Every natural disaster, every unnatural disaster feels like the whole world is trembling in trying to keep itself together. It's painful. It hurts.


But a friend recently got me thinking. She had a near run-in with death himself, and I distinctly remember having the thought that if she weren't so lucky, I wouldn't even be having that conversation. I would be mourning the death of a friend, and that thought really threw me. This person, this wonderful, amazing friend who brings so much joy and thoughtfulness into my life, could have just... stopped existing. And that made me sad. 


But she was lucky, and she's fine. She is alive and happy and recovering, and I got to spend 4 glorious hours chatting and catching up with an old friend. After she left, I was so grateful that I got to spend this time with her that I just sat there like an idiot in my living room, grinning from ear to ear. I was so thankful to have had the chance to just sit and talk. I was better for it.


These moments that we have are fleeting. I know life is quite literally the longest thing you can ever do, but you really don't know what could happen to you tomorrow. I'm not suggesting you live in fear of tomorrow, but that you live courageously today. I encourage you to live life fully-- who cares if it's cliché?-- and force yourself to take the time to appreciate the beauty and the good moments in life. You know, the ones that make you feel like you're sipping hot cocoa? Or the ones that feel like you're getting a hug from your mom and eating ice cream at the same time? Chase those moments. Live in those moments. Because those moments aren't immortal. And that's what makes them so special. 


Live fully, friends. Live vibrantly.



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