Send People Flowers While They Can Still Smell Them
Every night, at least during the week, I make it my mission to watch the news. But as of recently, I've been reluctant to watch the 10pm nightly news because of negativity. A killing here, an armed robbery there. It's all rather depressing.
I'm a person that is an emotional sponge therefore all of this I see just literally makes me sad. People have said when watching the news, don't expect to see something good; bad news is what makes headlines. I get it but damn, can I have one night of something positive? One night of someone not being dead or in a life threatening condition?
I think the issue I'm having is with all the sudden deaths recently, especially with young people. I can't count the amount of times that I hear or read about a death, whether it's someone young or old. Then the crash of MH17 happened and just couldn't take it.
I get it. We all have to die and meet our maker at some point. Death is the only thing that's a 100% guarantee. Everything in between is debatable.
Our time is limited and honestly, we never know when it's our time or someone we love's time. But my concern is not about death itself. It's about whether the person knew that they were loved before entering heaven's gates.
We always wait til it's too late to someone how we feel. We think "well there's always tomorrow." But tomorrow may never come. When I hear about deaths, especially of younger people, my mind immediately goes to friends and family: how are they dealing? Did they say goodbye? Did they tell them that they loved them?
When I was 17, my best friend passed away at the age of 18. Of course, I was in a tremendous amount of pain from the sudden loss (I had seen him literally days before his death). But I had some sort of peace because weeks before his death, I told him how much he meant to me, how I cherish our friendship, that I loved him, and that I wouldn't know what to do if something happened to him. It was a rare conversation but I felt like he needed to hear me say it regardless if he knew it. Sometimes I wonder if I somehow knew that his time was coming to end which led me to emotionally purge.
Because of this and all the deaths that's been happened recently, I've been more open about my feelings to my friends and family; something I've never been comfortable doing. And you should too. If your loved one passed away today or tomorrow, would they know how you felt about them? Will they know that you loved them? Will they know that you appreciated them?
We all have our time. Send people flowers while they can still smell them.
Peace & Light,