Since a tragic accident left a friend of mine critically injured a few years back, I’ve always tried to live by the whole ‘don’t take life for granted’ mantra. But it’s an easy one to slip in and out of, as the busyness of life gets in the way of treasuring each and every moment, proving it’s hard to remain present.
But something happened on the weekend that jolted me back to reality. My dad suddenly blacked out and fell over, hitting his head on a cement step and ending up looking like he’s gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. He’s fine, luckily, but as the family gathered around to be by his side at the hospital, we all came to realise just how precious life is. There’s such a fine line between normality and tragedy – step a little too far over to the left and your world comes crashing down. Stay on the right and things carry on as usual.
Now that the shock has settled down and we’re getting used to seeing dad lying in a hospital bed with two black eyes, a swollen forehead and grazes all over his face, the questions and what ifs start crashing their way into our mind. Why did this happen? Did his heart just stop? Is there something going on with his brain? What if he’d fallen and hit the back of his head? The scenario would be so different. Imagine if he was driving. Then what???
But there’s plenty of lemonade to be made from these particular lemons and as a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, we’ve all come to the conclusion that dad was, in fact, incredibly lucky. Despite the odds, nothing was broken (which, if you saw his face, is a miracle), it has allowed the doctors to explore a potential heart irregularity that may not have been picked up had said incident hadn’t happened, and of course, it’s made the entire clan look around at each other and realise that there are only a few simple importances in life. Your family. Your values. Your experiences. So often we are clouded by the things we want that we forget the things we already have.
So if you live your life looking backwards, compare yourself to others, hold onto regrets, or are too scared to step into the life you really want to live, now is the time to consider change. Because there’s no point waiting for tomorrow, there’s no certainty it’s going to come.