What if there were no second chances? | Photo of the Day


Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version)

I’m generally not that sentimental of a guy. It isn’t often that I think about how short life is and how lucky I’ve been. But being in the middle of the Christchurch earthquake a few weeks ago has really caused me to take time to reflect. One thought that has gone through my head countless times – and I’m sure through the heads of thousands of others from Christchurch – is ‘It could have been me’.

I could’ve gone out to get lunch 30 minutes later than I did. I could have decided to go to the top of the Cathedral that day. I could’ve been parking my car out front of my hostel – as I’d done multiple times before. I could have stayed in a different building. One that came down.

Thankfully I was incredibly, incredibly lucky. Especially considering I was in the City Centre when it happened. I was inside a sound building that wasn’t damaged. But I walked outside to what felt like a war zone. The photo above was taken of the building immediately to the left of where I was when the quake hit. I’d parked my car in that exact spot before.

Take a few minutes today to think about life. For all the difficulties we face, we’re lucky in the grand scheme of things. Call a loved one. Think about what makes you lucky. Just take 5 minutes to be glad we are among those that get a second chance.

I know I will.

-Steve

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