In the wake of Japan’s recent tragedy, and the sudden occurrence of it all, we were reminded of how fast life can change, even when we attempt to prepare for such changes (Can’t Prepare For The Inevitable). Life happens, and often, it happens fast, changing everything we once knew. However, what happens when that change is linked to your mortality? What happens when the inevitable you are facing is not just a change to your life, but the end of it?
In an article yours truly read today in the New York Daily News, a couple right here in Brooklyn were diagnosed with advanced cancer within a week of one another, a man with about 60% chance of surviving the next five years, and his wife, with a 16% chance. In a twist on the life lesson we learned from the Japan earthquakes, sometimes the inevitable isn’t a sudden occurrence, but one that haunts you every awakened hour.
The story, is one that vey much reminds us that nothing is for sure in this race of life. In this race, time is not guaranteed. And while it is often said and too many times used as a cliché, many of us still take it all for granted.
Imagine waking up every morning with the thought of, “will this be my last day?”
|Courtesy: New York Daily News
However, that question is one posed to us every-single-day. Except, for this couple, they are aware of their limited time. They are aware of their inevitable.
And as this story gained my interest, it furthered by grabbing my heart upon knowing that the couple have an 18-month-old daughter as well. And I’m sure now that you know that, your heart reaches out for them as well. The story has definitely had an impact on many New Yorkers, as the newspaper has raised over $29,000 for the couple after running the story.
In the long run, it’s another story that reminds us of the important things in life, and like the good book says, “that life is but a vapor”.