[here one day…]

[here one day…]

I heard a crash, sitting at the office.

I looked out of the window and couldn’t see anything but men walking nervously there and back again. There’s a restaurant on the second floor of our building, so I attributed the sound to them because through closed windows it sounded as if someone dropped a bunch of dishes.

No one besides me seemed to be interested in finding out what happened. I don’t know why I was so interested.

I went to meet with my hubby, his brother and brother’s girlfriend for lunch and walked past the place where I heard the crash.

A big maintenance truck was standing near the entryway into the inner courtyard. Metal gates stood nearby, crumpled like a fan made out of paper. Several people, along with an ambulance and police cars were there as well, all seemingly at loss.

“Probably just crashed into the gates. It happens.” I thought.

On my way back to the office from lunch, the situation near the archway didn’t change.

“Does anyone know what happened there?” I asked in our company’s Skype chat.

“A man was killed. Crushed by a truck that accidentally started moving backwards and the brakes didn’t work.”

That explained the blank looks of the people who stood near the place of the accident. What can you do when someone dies so unexpectedly?

I sent a message to Sam, telling him of the accident. We both fell silent for a bit, digesting the information.

You live.

You die.

Recently I have read a quote…

Human mortality is not something scary per se. What is scary how suddenly your time comes.

There was a man. Mid-thirties, working as a guard. Probably complained about the heat like we all do at the moment.

One moment. One truck.

A man is no more, sandwiched between a steel gate and a truck’s rear.

You live.

You die.

Carpe diem.

Don’t waste your time today.

Tell your loved ones that you love them – even if you have already done that.

Do your best at work today – because you’ve got time right now.

Look out of the window, inhale, slowly exhale – and marvel at the fact that you’re alive.

Carpe diem.

  • It is harder for young people to grasp this than someone say…my age. i wake every day with the reality life is getting short for me. I’m glad you are learning NOW to live life to the fullest. My motto? Live the Adventure. I aim to do that until I breathe my last breath. Oh…love you. 🙂

    • I’ve lived with that for a long time, ever since my grandma and aunt passed away over 10 years ago within a year. But there are reminders every once in a while (especially so this year…)…

      Love you too, brother 😀

  • Wisdom from the young…love it, love it. It such a wake up call when death comes so suddenly even if it’s not someone you know. Double wake up call when it’s someone you know.

    At 26 my husband had a massive heart attack, it killed the tissue on the left bottom side of his heart, it would never live again they said. God used it as a turning point in his life. He worked for TWA airlines at the time and most of the men went to have physcials after Ace heart attack. It so shook them that someone so young, so healthy looking could one minute be breathing as if he had a 100 years to live then the next minute find himself in an intensive ward hook up to life support. He spent a month in the hospital so he had plenty of time to think. ONe day a lady from some church came by, said, sir, can I help you with anything, Ace, my husband said, mam, I just need to get right with God. It was not time for Ace to go…the doctor finally decided with Ace permission to do one of the first bypasses on the damaged area. the by pass along with 5 stints still flows blood around the damage part of his heart. Most people don’t get a second chance at life, my husband has tried with God’s help to live it to the fullest by His grace. Yeah death comes to all of us but we cannot let it paralize us, we must allow it to motivate us to caring for each other, spreading the gospel when given the chance. I pray someone along the way did with that man who died. thanks for making your post a wake up call Zee, stay safe my blog friend.

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