Be the Cat's Meow

Consider Yourself Lucky

Posted on: 10/28/2010

I forget how lucky I am.

You probably forgot how lucky you are too. The fact you are sitting here reading this makes you incredibly lucky.

Fertilization  in itself is amazing. You were brought into this life by some sort of biological luck. All the gametes and microorganisms proved strong and you were the single cell lucky enough to survive.

It is easy to forget this. Once you are alive it is easy to take the concept of life for granted. With everything else you experience you forget where it all truly began. You forget about the complexities of the human body and the inability to control its inner workings.

I had forgotten about all of this until I heard some of the saddest news I have ever received.

A woman I have worked closely with on many occasions lost her 12 year old daughter to cardiac arrest. The girl was perfectly healthy and had even completed soccer practice just before this happened. It is one thing to experience a death of natural causes, but to see a life end before it has truly begun is devastating.

This made me re-examine my own life and realize how lucky I am. My body has been pushed to many limits. I have definitely made some reckless decisions and am lucky to be alive and as healthy as I am. However, luck can only take you so far.

Take a look at your own life. I am sure you have had your own “lucky to be alive” moments. Even if you haven’t consider things like your physical or dietary health. Are you a fast food junkie? Are you too good to exercise? Feel free to stay that way, just don’t be surprised when you find out your cholesterol is too high and/or you need a quadruple bypass. Unfortunately, there are genetic circumstances that may cause such situations, but why not do what you can while you can. At least you know you tried.

I will get off my soapbox very shortly, I promise.

I just want to reiterate how lucky you and I are. Sure, life can be pretty crappy at times, but don’t the good times make up for it? At least you can experience life. You made it this far, so why not continue to go farther?

We can’t control everything, but you can sure as hell do your best. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for you. Do it honor of those that never got to experience life to the fullest.

You are one lucky bastard. Never forget that.

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