The fragility of life


The older I get, the more I respect life.

Have you gotten sick? A little virus or bacterial infection can wreak havoc on our bodies. I happen to be sick today. I don’t know what it is, but it is probably just a little bit of stuff in my system that has caused a days worth of nausea, headaches, fever, and vomiting. Crazy.

Have you gotten drunk? Have you ever gotten high? We pass so much stuff through our systems on a daily basis, yet a little amount of alcohol or drugs (relative to our entire body), can change everything. It changes our mindset. It changes our reality and our actions.

Have you noticed your body aging? I used to be able to hit the basketball courts, and immediately begin sprinting and jumping all over the place. Now, I’ve put some mileage on my body. The muscles are still there, and I can still get on the court and move, but the little changes from the wear and tear are very noticeable. I require stretching. I can’t run as fast. I can’t jump as high. And I get hurt more.

Life is an awesome thing. We get this one opportunity to experience all that this world has to offer. However, I’m beginning to realize that this is but a brief opportunity. Our body is a complex system and it is amazing that it functions as well as it does for as long as it does. It only requires little changes here and there for life to be different.. perhaps even end.

Again, as I get older, the more I respect life. The only takeaway I know of is that we need to seize the opportunity, and make sure to get what we can out of the life that we have. It sounds pithy, but it really the most important thing to understand in life.

P.S. This is post number #92 in a 100 day blogging challenge. See you tomorrow!

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