In general, I live my life in a happy little bubble. At the moment, my life is relatively drama free. Yes, I have stress, but who doesn't? For the most part, life is good. I feel content and happy and most of all, safe.
And then suddenly, in the blink of an eye, that feeling of safety can be taken away - yanked out from under a person like the proverbial rug. That happened to me yesterday. An incident occurred that shook me to my core and made me realize just how incredibly fragile that feeling of safety can be at times.
Luckily, everyone is fine. No one is sick, no one is injured, no one was physically harmed in any way. We are all fine.
However, that could have all changed in a heartbeat. Our lives could have been forever changed. And it's making me look at things through different eyes.
If you take nothing else from what I write here, please - listen to this:
Never pass up a chance to tell someone you love how you feel.
Don't take time with your family or friends for granted.
Live your life with the knowledge that nothing is guaranteed.
Now go. Spread some love. Hug and kiss your babies a little tighter. Call that old friend who has been on your mind lately. Shoot an email to your mother just to let her know that you're thinking about her. Heck, send someone a letter so that there is something besides bills and political leaflets in the mailbox. Take a few minutes to enjoy the sunset, even if you're barreling straight into it at 70mph.
Do it. You won't regret it.