Friday, October 19, 2012

You Never Know When it's Time to Go

This is a tragic story.

While riding home from work, Trent Graham was struck by a vehicle that had suddenly swerved and crossed through six lanes of oncoming traffic. The impact surely killed him instantly. What caused the driver to suddenly change course is not known at this time. What is known is that the driver was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Unfortunately, cyclists and pedestrians always lose when pitted against automobiles. I frequently have close calls with motorists and luckily my number hasn't been called... I hope it doesn't anytime soon, but this accident proves that no matter what you do right and "safely," the odds can be stacked against you at any time.

Mortality is a peculiar thing. Most of us live like we have all the time in the world, yet in reality, we don't.  No matter how we conduct ourselves each day, the end is always near, waiting in that shadowed corner or on some deserted stretch of road. 

Modern society forces us to plan ahead, to collect and save money, to hoard our belongings and protect our assets to ensure we have a nice comfortable future. Sometimes we don't  have a say, so live and enjoy life like the fire's last ember is fading into the ashes and attempt to make this moment last - as futile as that may be. 

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