Life is a gift

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Submitted: February 15, 2018

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Submitted: February 15, 2018




Life truly is a gift if you think about it. We are lucky to be here. At least that is how I see things. I truly give thanks every day I can wake up that I woke up and I give thanks throughout the day that I'm able to do the things I do. And here is why I feel this way.


When I was born, apparently there were some complications to my birth. So much so that the doctors felt that neither mother or myself would pull through it. I mean it was that serious and dire a situation. So bad in fact that they had brought a priest in to say last rites on both my mother and myself.


The doctors asked my dad if they could save just one of us (my mother or myself) which would he choose. My father said he couldn't make that choice. Now mind you, my father was never an outwardly religious person. As far as I know he never went to church. I never saw him reading the Bible although I suspect he had at one point. In any case he went off in private and prayed that we would both survive.

And of course we would. I'm a living testimony to that fact.


My mother would often tell me this story and tell me that life is a gift and to never take it for granted and I try my best to live by that. So often we hear of tragedies where people die. And whether the person is young or old its sad really. Especially if the life is productive and its cut short like in so many tragedies. (I wont even go into those. That is another story altogether. )


The whole point of this is that life truly is a gift. I would rather be alive and doing the things I'm doing than not be alive. I'm glad for the chance to live and to experience the things I have, good or bad. I feel in the end they have molded me into the person I am. So many out there have passed away. Some I personally have lost and I miss them dearly as I'm sure everyone does when its someone they personally know ( or even someone you didn't know but you admired them from a far as in celebrities, singers etc).


My heart goes out to those who have miserable lives. So badly in fact they feel it is not worth living and they take their own lives. I wished I could change that for them so they could live and their lives would turn out differently but I can't.


I can't speak for others. I only know things from my own life and in my personal experiences, I feel that life truly is a gift and I'm happy to be alive.


I don't know why I felt compelled to write this today. But I did. I truly am glad to be alive.

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