The Brevity of Life

*I’m taking a short moment to write on something different than my usual creativity and photography*

We take so many things for granted. It is almost as if we wake up each morning and go about our daily routine without ever thinking that something might change and drastically disrupt our lives. But what about when it does?

Today we went to wish a friend Happy Birthday, he was turning 28. We were really looking forward to it as we hadn’t gotten to connect with him since he returned from a recent trip to see family in Uganda. We went by the office where he worked and when we asked to see him we were ushered into a conference room where we found out that our friend had been murdered while he was with family.

It almost seems too surreal to even begin to process. A news article posted online states of how our friend was heading over to his brother’s house when the attack happened. He had no idea about the finality of that moment.

Things like this really make you think about how you are living your life and what you are living your life for. I vividly remember my last conversation with my friend–where we were, what we talked about–it is the last conversation I will ever have with him. Neither of us knew how when we said goodbye that night it was the last time we would.

Life has no guarantees, yet we live like it does. Maybe it is time we stepped back from the things we have placed our hopes and dreams in and truly assessed what is really important.