Saturday, 23 August 2014

Surprise!

Death is a surprise...all be it, in most cases, a nasty one. We all know that it's going to happen, and many people even fear it. Such people have a tendency to walk through their lives ignoring death, and pretending that it isn't going to happen. But the cheery truth is, that it is!


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The closer people to come to death, the more they seem to want to fill life. People who've recovered from potentially life threatening injuries or illnesses tend to then spend the rest of their lives visiting that near-death feeling again, by jumping out of planes or off cliffs (probably).

There are some people, who see danger and death everywhere:

Don't touch that! It could break and a tiny piece could get into your eye and that could cause an injury which could cause pressure to build up and pressure that close to your brain could kill you!”

Such cheery folk! But the fact is, that is an awful lot of 'Could's. And of course, any time that we do anything, something terrible could happen. But equally: absolutely nothing could happen. Or something amazing could happen! Two thirds of the possible 'could' situations are positive, and yet we still seem to act on the basis of the one third that is negative. 


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That is probably quite useful in some situations. If we want to survive, jumping in front of a lorry probably isn't a very good idea.

But living is about taking risks. Every day, just by opening our eyes in the morning we take a risk.

The point is, death is a surprise. No amount of careful planning and taking precautions is going to protect us from death. And since we can't possibly predict when it is going to happen, the cliched phrase to 'Live every day like it's your last' seems to be perfectly good advice.


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Today could be your last day, or it could not. But the only risk that people shouldn't take because of this possibility, is to risk not doing and saying the things we want to do today. Tomorrow could be too late.

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