Thankful for Life

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By: Ryan Touhey

Asst. Sports Editor

   On Tuesday, Nov. 7, retired Major League pitcher Roy Halladay tragically passed away in a plane crash over the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old. Being a baseball fan since I was 5 years old, I was saddened when I first heard about this incident, but at the same time I wasn’t overcome with complete shock.

     I am not saying that I expected Halladay to die so young and in just a short period of time since retiring from baseball. What I am saying is that incidents such as these occur in life because, let’s face it, life is not fair.

   And sadly, it was Halladay who was the victim of life’s dark side. His passing also reminds me of last year when baseball mourned the loss of José Fernández, an active player and pitcher for the Miami Marlins, who passed away in a boating accident. Fernández was only 24 years old.

   Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, this is really depressing.” Look, I’m not going to spend my time on this editorial talking about the unfortunate deaths of athletes. What I am here to talk about is a saying that could not be more true and vital: “Don’t ever take life for granted.”

I’ve heard this message throughout much of my life but I’ve never really thought much of it until recently. I’m 20 years old and a junior here at Sacred Heart. I’ve been very fortunate to not have endured any sufferings that have left a significant negative effect on my life. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t ever experience something like that.

    As exemplified with incidents such as Halladay and Fernández, I, just like everyone else, am not indestructible to the unpredictability of the world. The world can act against you at any place and at any time in your life. This is demonstrated specifically in world news.

    My interest in world news has gradually grown as I’ve gotten older. As each day comes and goes and the topics of the day change, I’ve come to appreciate what I’ve had in my life more and more.

Not every 20-year-old can say that he or she graduated high school. Not every 20-year-old can say that he or she has attended college and is studying something he or she loves. And not every 20-year-old can say that he or she has a home with a loving family and friends by their side whenever they want to be with them.

    Although I feel that the news we see today is mostly negative, it’s necessary to present that to the public because any topic can make a difference for the good of the world. I think sometimes people get carried away when they haven’t experienced something truly devastating in their life.

     He or she may not think twice about doing certain actions or saying certain things because the inexperience of struggle plays a role in the functioning of that person’s thinking process.

    The main message that I’m stressing in this editorial is to always try your best to embrace and enjoy your life every single moment of every single day, even if your day isn’t going the way you’d prefer it to be.

    One day could make a huge difference in your life, good or bad. Just because all seems relatively normal at one moment, doesn’t mean it will be normal the next moment. You’re never guaranteed a beautiful, smooth sailing day every day.

     So I conclude this editorial by saying to be truly ‘thankful’ for what you have, especially since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Be thankful for your friends, family, house, dog, cat, food, whatever it may be.

    Keep in mind that not everyone has what you have. Say a prayer, or even if you’re not religious, keep those who are struggling right now in your thoughts and in your hearts. Appreciate everything that brings a smile to your face because life is a privilege. It is not a guarantee.   

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