“I could go, Anytime…”

Last week I was involved in a road traffic accident. A car coming the other way lost it on a bend and hit me, two cars behind me, before spinning a couple of times and ending up on the wrong side of the road, pointing the other way…

Whilst 3 of the 4 cars were right offs, fortunately, all 4 drivers were pretty much unharmed other than shock, bumps and bruises. Yet it could have been so much worse. I only saw things unfold in a split second and in that time, one instinctive swerve of the steering wheel was the difference between being hit side on and being hit full on…

Since it happened, I have had plenty of time to wonder “what if”. Flashbacks of the event unfolding have dominated my nightly dreamscape and being forced to sit through “Final Destination 5” (so poor, please avoid!) didn’t overly help matters either. However, it does make you wonder about the fragility of life. About how you can be there one minute, but so easily taken the next…

I lost my brother some years ago in a tragic swimming pool accident. Its an incident I don’t like to talk about, simply because its easier to bury things like this at the back of your mind, locked tight in a box. Yet this was a case in point, a young, healthy 11 year old, jumping in and out of a pool. In a split second, he was gone, taken from us…

Its hard to admit, but I have to stay strong when young Ollie is messing around in the pool. At the same age as my brother was, comparisons are easily drawn, but then, if I thought like that about any part of Ollies life, I would probably lock him in his room till he was older. Its interesting that we don’t really dwell on our mortality. Everyday we do something that “could” be deemed life threatening, even if our perception of the act doesn’t see it that way…

Its as if our brains are wired to not think about death, or the prospect of death routinely. Its an omnipresent threat, but something we don’t tend to think about. I guess the exception would be in the face of life threatening illness. Whilst suffering cancer, my old man now routinely faces the prospect of death in the face. He doesn’t like what he sees…
Happy thoughts eh!  Perhaps that’s why we are wired to not think about Death until its time…

Is that a good thing? Or should we allow ourselves to worry about the “what ifs”? The film makers try to convince us that when its your time, there is no escape, death will get you in the end. And it will, perhaps not in the way that they visualize. I dodged something serious this time, but one day, Death will come. It comes to all of us…

So today’s tune is back to Mr. Finn and the song Anytime. I couldn’t think of a more apt song for the topic. The lyric “There’s nothing safe about this life” just resonates so much. Sadly, this is not the clip of the infamous “Bush hall” gig,where my Frenz daughter Julia was lucky enough to get up and play the piano part on this song, but this was an equally good version…
Enjoy…
Cheers
J

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