Everyone knows the panicked feeling of waking up on a Monday and dreading the work day. I woke up two minutes before my alarm went off and cursed the rotating Earth. When I arrived at work, it was pouring rain and windy. The board was flooded with phone calls and our systems were running slow. You would think the world was ending. I wished for the day to end.
And then I realized what I was wishing away.
As I was driving out to my parents’ house, which is about 20 minutes from my place and an hour from work, I came upon a familiar scene from the Midwest. It was the age old “Truck vs. Deer” we see so often here. Except this time was different from the rest. This time, I had driven upon the deer running off into the grass and the Ford F-150 pulling over. In those few seconds, I saw the deer breathe its last and collapse onto the ground.
It really made me stop and think. We wish so much of our lives away that we don’t spend it “living”. We “wish” we had a better job, a better car, a better house, a better LIFE. Many of us don’t realize we only have ONE life until we see those headlights coming for us.
The deer didn’t wake up this morning expecting to die. She didn’t wake up this morning cursing the sun or the pouring rain. She woke up with one thing in mind: to live.
The concept is so hard for humans to grasp.