All I needed was another thing to make me worry about loved ones, or to obscess over death-related matters. Yesterday, Mr. J makes the "mistake" (as he put it) of telling me that he was 'nearly' struck by an 18-wheeler (large commercial truck). It seems that the light turned green for him, the truck ran the red light and they swerved to miss each other. He said it was so close that he could feel the wind even in his truck. We've discussed the bad drivers around Memphis, and that is no lie. I can understand that a truck of that size is unable to maybe stop at a red light if he is very close, but odds are he was probably plowing down the road at death-defying speeds when this happened.
Also, Mr. J has to be aware that people run red lights all the time, and to watch more closely before he begins to drive. He really could've been killed! It could happen anywhere anytime, I know, but the fact remains... it scared me thinking that I could have had a call in the middle of the afternoon to learn that my "Mr. J" was no more... Life is so fragile, and something can happen and take it away so fast (your own life or someone you care for). There isn't anything we can do about that fact, because what is meant to be will be. Most of us have in fact, already experienced losses, and that's been painful all on its own, maybe some are still dealing with recent losses too.
So, we can do this-we can be prepared, and always make sure that someone knows how we feel, how much we love them, care about them and how important they are in our lives. It is easy to argue and leave the house angry (which I never do), but my advice is to make sure that you feel that the last words you say to someone, you can live with-You should be able to have as little regret as possible 'Just in Case' (anything can happen). Not to think or live morbidly, just to live freely and not be afraid to let people know how you feel. It might make all the difference. Do it "just because", and not even 'just in case', just because it's better anyway to treat each other well...
Have a safe, wonderful Friday and please be very aware of everything going on around you... it's a danger-zone out there!!!