Staring In The Face of Tragedy
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Staring In The Face of Tragedy

A reflection on life and how precious it really is.

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Staring In The Face of Tragedy
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Lately, a lot of tragedy and hard times have surrounded not only me, but also my community, nation and world.

When did our world get like this? When did shootings seem to happen more often than a feel-good story does? When did our country become so filled with sadness, hate and uncontrollable rage?

These ideals come face to face with us every single day. They leave us with the thought that people who do not deserve to die are dying.

One of the worst experiences a person can have is to lose a loved one. There is no healing the pain and no controlling the sorrow. There's no "maybe next week" or "let's do it another time". All of those opportunities have vanished, with no warning and there's simply nothing you can do about it. It might have been out of your control. It might have been a tragic accident. It might have been completely unexpected and that's what sucks the most. The unexpected and the uncontrollable.

Who gets to decide who dies and who survives? What gives someone the right to take away another person's life? The unexpected and the uncontrollable are what sucks the most.

We go through life believing we are invincible, that nothing can touch us. Bad things happen to bad people is what they always say, but lately that could not be farther from the truth. Bad things only seem to be happening to good people. How is that fair?

What did someone do to deserve to have their life cut so tragically short?

My mind has been racing with these questions. Questions like this have been surrounding us in our everyday lives because of the events that seem to be happening every single day. It's the type of world that ours is becoming.

As all of this happens, it consistently reminds us to never take life for granted. Travel when you can, experience the world first hand, and don't ever forget to tell the people that you love how much you love them. Because who knows what life may bring. It has proven itself to be unexpected.

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