At the recent Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, a man from Austin suffered a heart attack and died in the first few minutes of the race. I did not know him or his family. I've been removed from triathlon for almost a year. But that doesn't mean my heart doesn't hurt for this family and their huge loss.
A Facebook friend and co-worker shared this article written by Kristen Armstrong and posted on the Runner's World website. I think it could hit home with any one of us- we will all have to face an if, then moment at any given time. It is a beautifully written story of a Bible Study group and their work to cover this topic. And now they will be supporting one of their own as she faces this tragedy.
Take a few minutes to read it, and think about it. There is no way you can ever be prepared for a moment like this. But we have to know and accept that it comes. It put everything into perspective for me in an instant. It doesn't mean you can't stress about first world problems. Heck- that has been my life the past two months trying to plan a wedding that makes everyone happy.
Life goes on, and we live each day as normal. But it helps to keep in mind that at any given second, it could shatter for that one thing that changes life forever. Be nice to one another, and make each day count.