At 2 am this morning, just thinking about life. For some amazing reason, my mind wandered to the talented and gorgeous Naya Rivera. The Late Naya Rivera drowned in July 2020. Ventura County Sheriff, Bill Ayub said Naya Rivera rented a pontoon boat on July 8 at a dock on the lake and left around 1 p.m. In the evening, her son, Josey, was the only one found sleeping on the boat. This news broke my heart because I loved Glee, and I loved watching Rivera’s character light up the screen. I was in Minnesota when I read the news. My birthday was July 10th, and I used all my prayers and wishes for her safe return.
It made me realize that this water, as much as it is good, can also be evil. In Exodus 14, God held back the sea for the Israelites to walk through towards freedom. It was the same sea that consumed the Egyptians. Water is very important for our survival, but on the flip side, it swallows people up every single day. Mohammad Malik, 35, and Noor Shah, 29, were married on October 24 in a traditional Pakistani wedding. Shortly after their wedding, they jetted off to Turks and Caicos to celebrate their honeymoon. On Oct. 28 they were pulled out by a rip current near Como Parrot Cay, they both drowned.
A 28-year-old California woman died within hours of taking part in a water-drinking contest. It was a rare condition of water intoxication. Jennifer Lea Strange was found dead in her Sacramento-area home by her mother about 2 p.m. on Friday. Earlier that day, at about 9 a.m., the mother of three had participated in a contest called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” sponsored by a radio station.
Let’s not even delve into the unfortunate accidents that claim the lives of people every single day. Brian Seth Carmichael, 25, of Fort Valley, was driving his 2003 Dodge Ram pickup late Sunday. One of its tires somehow got loose and shot 400 yards from an overhead bridge into a trailer park below. The tire struck Kimberly Touchton, 22, who was walking her dog at the time. She was likely unaware of what hit her. It severed her spine and broke her neck. I have been in two car accidents, the aftermath was not pretty, and I am blessed to be alive.
What’s the point of this article, you ask? I don’t know. I just stay up late at night and wonder about the mysteries of life. How things like water can potentially harm us, and how walking your dog on a simple evening can turn into a major disaster. The point is, life is very fragile. It does not mean we shouldn’t celebrate life or lock ourselves inside. Just in case you decide that your home is the safest place to be, a small plane crashed Tuesday morning into a home near Monterey Regional Airport. The house caught fire, and the blaze spread to dense brush nearby. Just imagine you are sitting at home, and boom, a plane lands in your living room. I live close to the airport, and it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. A woman who was walking on the pedestrian walkway was just living her life. And a car from nowhere struck her and pinned her to a tree. She was with her mother on the phone; her mother heard her daughter die. Can you imagine?
I have cheated myself out of living my life to the fullest because I wanted to play it safe. I went out on a Saturday night with a friend to have some fun. Shortly after, we decided to leave. In the area where we were, a few minutes after we left, someone fired a gun and injured five people. Ever heard that phrase, “life’s a bitch, and then you die?”. No matter how right we try to live, good things and bad things happen every day. It happens to both the good and the not-so-good people. We’ve all experienced hard days, and we’ve experienced days we never wanted to end.
The conclusion of this matter is to pray without ceasing, believe in something greater than yourself, and live your life to the fullest. When it is all said and done, know that the universe has nothing against you. Life just happens.
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