Reminders of life’s fragility are everywhere. I know that there are automobile accidents every day, yet I somehow manage to forget. I hop in my car, happy and relaxed as if there are no risks. Yet, this week I know two people involved in accidents. In both instances, cars totaled, the drivers walked away physically unharmed.
I know how much this experience can shake your core. I’ve been in two car crashes in my life: once on the back roads of Mexico and once in my own back yard on Route 33. One minute you are driving innocently along and the next minute, car crushed, you are shocked and shaken, talking with officers on the side of the road. And this is the lucky scenario.
Perhaps it is no ‘accident’ that we sometimes get these wake up calls, poignant reminders that life is fragile and vulnerable. They ask the question: “Are you living life every minute with a ferocious appreciation?”
Our circumstances and delicate bodies survive in a subtle balance. And so I renew my ongoing effort to be in the now, to savor life without taking it for granted, and to remember that every moment matters.
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW is the author of
“Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful”
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