The past 2 months have been hard for my little town, with more tragic accidents in such a short space of time than what usually takes place in an entire year. Every time something happens, we all seem to go 'surely that's our bad luck over for the year' and then something else occurs. When you lose someone, its strange how the community is affected. Its a ripple effect, with everyone finding themselves changed in some way. And when these events keep occurring, especially all in a short timeframe, those ripples keep getting bigger and bigger. Its hard grasping the idea that someone you knew, someone that was here one day, can so shortly be gone, and you'll never actually see them again. It is something that affects everyone, whether they knew the person personally or not. I've watched
people withdraw, people breakdown and people pretend that nothing ever happened, and they're all just trying to be okay.
Nothing can ever really fix what happened, and despite these type of adversities being one of the most difficult things a person could have to live through, I believe there is a good message to take away. Everyone always says that life is so precious, and you should never take anything for granted, but you really don't understand that, or appreciate everything until something like this happens.
I am a firm believer in life being as positive as you make it. There hasn't been a day that has passed where I haven't thought about the things that have occurred, but in the same they have made me appreciate everything around me. I take more notice when I walk passed a blooming flower, I always am making sure to say thank you, I will never not help someone, and I will always, always, always tell someone I love them and to drive safe. I appreciate the opportunities that I am given that much more, and I'm so proud and thankful of the life I have and the person that I am. I have learnt that everyone is important and everyone matters, whether they're someone so close to you, or someone you walk passed on the street. I'm reminded of this every morning and every night I drive passed those flowers on the side of the road.
If there is something I want you to take away, its that you and your life is so important. Whether or not you know it, there is a whole community out there who cares for you. Its important to never endanger yourself, and to love yourself so deeply that it almost hurts. Always remember there's help out there.
In remembrance of those who have tragically lost their lives in 2017.