"But the night was ordinary. It usually is, I think, when your life changes. Most people aren't doing anything special when the carefully placed pieces of their life break apart."
- Carole Radziwill, What Remains
I read this book not long after Will died and these words resonated with me. It's true. From everyone who I've ever talked to - it's just a normal day when your life falls apart. Maybe you sense something in the air - but you can't quite put your finger on what it is. For all intents and purposes- its just a normal day.
Today, the explosions at the Boston Marathon are stunning people all across the country, reminding us that life is too short and that sometimes people do horrible things to totally innocent people for absolutely no reason. I'm sure that eventually we will know some sort of reason behind it - but to the people who have lost their lives and limbs and to the family and loved ones left behind - it may not matter.
All of these people who were just having a normal day have now had their lives rocked and will never be able to go back to the way it was the second before the explosions went off. These people were attending the race to cheer on parents, children, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, friends and complete strangers who were competing. Everyone who was touched by the tragedy today will never be able to go back to the minute before the finish line practically exploded.
I don't know what it was like to be at that race, but I do know what it is like to have your entire world break apart in seconds. For me, I never get to go back to 3:57pm on January 22, 2012. For me, it wasn't an explosion - it was a phone call. It's not the same - it's not even close - but the thing that I keep thinking about is that all those lives will never be the same.
This is just another reminder to me that life is too short. It's too short to not make the best of every single day. It's too short to waste being mad, stressed or unhappy. Life is too short to not be passionate. It's too short not to be crazy in love with someone who makes you insanely happy. It's too short not to laugh or be silly. It's too short not to love what you do. It's too short to be too busy to take that vacation or spend time with the people you love. Life is way too short to not tell the people you love that you love them.
You only live once. Make the most of it.