We Do Have an Expiry Date

Most of us go through life thinking we have all the time in the world, thinking tomorrow is a given. Day in and day out, we get so comfortable with that thought until reality slaps us in the face.

How? You get used to someone’s presence, his voice, his laugh, his spirit … his existence becomes a huge part of your life; and then one day the laughter turns into tears and his voice gets so faint you can’t seem to hear it like you used to. All of a sudden, He’s gone! He’s not there anymore…
At first, you just can’t believe that he’s gone. It just doesn’t sink in…Sometimes you even forget that it ever happened, but after a while you start to feel it! You start to feel the absence.
Then comes the hardest part, accepting the fact that he’s gone…Grieving comes in all kinds of forms but I do believe the hardest part of grief is the void they leave behind when they’re gone. That void changes you. When they’re gone, they take a huge of chunk of you with them, a piece of you that you can never seem to get back no matter how hard you try.
After it’s all said and done, after you start to get your life back together, you start to have a different take on life; life is finite and like everything else, we do have an expiry date! The loss changes your perspective on things… You start to pay attention to the things you used to take for granted. You try to spend more time with your family and friends. You start to appreciate time! You start to think of it as a blessing…
On the other hand, knowing that you don’t have all the time in the world is the scariest feeling you can have, you’ll start to hate mediocrity, you’ll start to look for more, always afraid that your time might come to an end when you still have not accomplished enough. Such an exhausting way of thinking has its toll on you and the inevitable truth is, it’s nothing you can control. The only thing you can do is have faith!
Everything you face, every loss, every tragedy can either lead you to the darkest of places or just make you stronger and push you to be the best that you can possibly be. It just depends on how you get back up after you fall, you can either pull yourself together, stand up or just continue running to where you’re going! Or maybe you can just give in and spend the rest of your life crawling…

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