The past couple of months have been a journey. I guess Ronan Keating wasn't kidding when he belted out, 'Life is a rollercoaster, [you] just gotta ride it.' To this day, I unapologetically love that song. But before I lose you, there's a point I'm trying to make.
I've recently lost somebody who means a great deal to me, my family, and everyone that knew her — my Aunty Jan.
The loss has been mighty and sudden, and the whole notion behind, 'Here one minute, gone the next,' is 100 per cent accurate. It's been jolting, to say the least. And although it's been personally testing, I know it's also widespread. We all experience an array of loss throughout our lives. Let's face it: no one is immortal, and nothing remains in the same condition forever.
We're living on a planet that somehow manages to rotate on its axis and hurdle through space. Kind of comically alarming when you look into it, really. There's also this precious thing called life, which is an absolute miracle. What amazes me about life is that it follows its own path, and it won't stop to reverse nor check its course. Instead, it will continuously remind you of how rapid it is, and it will glide on and move, whether you like it or not.
I guess that's what I've taken away from all of this: life doesn't stop. And it's hit me - like a tonne of bricks - that the future lies in total uncertainty, and we should be living right now. The present is short; the past is concrete, and the future is - well, who knows about the future? We only have one day at a time, minute by minute. So, here's a riddle for you: don't get hung up on tomorrow and lose today, because if you knew you'd be gone tomorrow, what would you do today?
If you've answered the riddle, I say go and do that. Don't wait. Go and work for that. And make sure you hug your people really tight. Then, go outside, move slowly, and observe the world around you. Don't be sweating the small stuff either. I just [accidentally] dropped $300 on a Dropbox subscription that I will hardly ever use. But fuck it, oh well. Maybe it'll come in handy — one day. (Continued in comments.)