What do the series of eight numbers in the title of this blogpost have in common?
Sadly, they represent the ages of eight young adults whose funerals, memorials, and/or visitations I have attended in past ten years. The cause of these unspeakable tragedies range from auto accidents, to addictions, to drowning, and to the scourge of cancer. No matter the cause, each death is a stark reminder of how fragile and precious life truly is.
Each of these young adults have left behind heartbroken family and friends. In many cases, lovers and spouses have had to endure the agony of loss, while in one case a young child lost its mother. One finds it hard to comprehend such catastrophic losses. These eight deaths also represent the loss of promising talent and strong skill sets. Their passing, at far too young of an age, is a monumental loss for society itself – epic potential that never has a chance to fully shine and that can never be recaptured.
These deaths should remind all of us to always express and share our love with those around us on a daily basis. Don’t carry grudges. Don’t harbor anger. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t dwell on the past. Don’t waste your talent. And especially, don’t get mired in the vicious circle of egos, vanity, bickering, or resentment . Each day is a blessed gift and we should always try to celebrate each one to its fullest extent.