Last weekend, my wife and I drove down to Milwaukee to meet our new niece. It was obviously a very significant and exciting time in our family. We were getting text messages and pictures the entire ride down. I naturally wanted to share all of this with my closest friends because that’s what we all do. We want those people to experience the same excitement and energy that we are.
But at the same time as I was driving down to embrace the beginning of a journey, at least 3 of my friends were embracing the pain of losing someone close to them. These people, who have played a significant part in my life, were experiencing the antithesis of my day.
And there was a moment of clarity for me. I think we are privileged to have a few true moments of clarity in our lives, where some important truths are somehow revealed to us in a very specific set of circumstances. Most of us can probably point to a few of them. My moment of clarity didn’t revolve around how short life is, or how precious it is. Those thoughts did run through my mind. And those two statements are true.
But what really struck me was how any given event, on any given day, can completely change the way and dynamic of how we relate to each other. The birth of a new child completely changes a family dynamic. The same can be said of losing someone that has been a significant part of the fabric of our lives.
Life changes constantly. I think we need to learn to constantly reflect and embrace the beauty of what we get to experience. Each moment is new and holds something special. And we will likely never get to experience the same thing again.