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Last night I got some sad news that a family friend had passed away. I feel that as humans, the first thing that comes to most of our minds when we discover that someone we know has died is shock. We think of the last time we saw that person. We think of the last time we spoke to that person. The next thing, which comes to mind is the feeling that you just ca not imagine your life without that person, no matter how big or small their presence may have been in your life.

Death is such a strange thing... One day we will die, but know this does not make the death of people around us any easier. In the aftermath of discovering that someone has died, whether I knew them or not, I start to think my days are numbered. No matter how old we are, no matter how healthy we are, death will always be knocking at our door - coming to get us. It is in these moments, I vow to myself that I will value my life, to live it in the way I want - travel more, take more risks and just do more in general.

Yet, it is so difficult to live up to these internal promises. I don't know about you, but I think I maintain fear of the world that is outside of my comfort zone - I have bills to pay and other commitments to uphold. Most of the time I forget that life is for living, until another death comes around and then I briefly examine my life, trying to put everything into perspective.

And the cycle repeats - until we die? It is difficult. How can we make the most of the short time we have? Everyone has a different way of doing this. I try to do one thing each day that forces me out of my comfort zone, even if it is just talking to a random stranger. I think doing one new thing each day adds something different to our routines, it changes us for the better and lets us truly live.

Just a few thoughts...
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