There’s always death going on in the world, but a recent string of them has caught my attention. Consider that
- A 30 year-old man at a baseball game falls sixty feet to his death, and
- A 46 year-old man is killed while riding a bicycle in the rain, and
- A 29 year-old woman hangs herself, and
- A 43 year-old woman dies at a rehab facility.
It sometimes feels like sudden, unexpected deaths should be customized for each person receiving the news. Something like “Elvis Presley died today. He was younger than you are.” I realize this is not practical, but I understand why the person’s age is always given with the death notice.
We all measure our own age against the person who just passed on. Three of the four deaths above were younger than me, and the other one was only a few months older than I am now. If that won’t jolt me into appreciating life more while I still have it, then perhaps nothing will.
Life is indeed short. So let’s enjoy it for as long as we can.