English actress Nathasha Richardson was only 45 when she suffered a devastating brain injury resulting from what appeared to be a minor fall during a beginners ski lesson, leaving behind a husband and two sons. A client of mine lost her closest lifelong friend to a drunken driving accident only seconds after they said goodnight at a mutual friend’s house party. A man in North Charleston woke suddenly to the smell of smoke and was forced to throw his beloved dog from a third floor apartment building in the hope of saving the animal’s life. A woman looked on with horror and disbelief as her gentle Maltese puppy was mauled to death by a pit bull on a sunny afternoon at a local dog park. A plane crashed in Buffalo, New York killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground. Another plane bound for Charlotte, North Carolina suffered a bird strike and landed in the Hudson River where all 155 people on board miraculously emerged relatively unscathed. woking taxi service
These are the freaky twists of fate that cause many folks to take pause and reflect on the fragility of life and the fleeting nature of our time here. Life’s unforeseen tragedies cause us to reevaluate our priorities and shift our perspectives. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is it that some folks are spared the grief while others are not? The randomness of life is striking. Like the vastness of the universe or the miracle of life, it is nearly impossible to wrap the human mind around the conundrum of fate/destiny versus accidental mishap. A particular chain of events and circumstances must unfold in such a precise manner for these types of rare tragedies to strike. What if Natasha Richardson had skipped her ski lesson that day, or planned a vacation around a tropical island rather than a ski resort? What if the Pilot of the US Air flight, Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, had crumbled under pressure or made a slightly different decision? What were the chances of the Maltese and the Pit Bull landing in the exact same doggie park on the exact same day, at the exact same time, and crossing paths at the same exact moment? What if my client’s lifelong friend had made a wiser choice to call a taxi rather than drive under the influence of alcohol? Were these extreme misfortunes always destined to occur or mere happenstance?