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... wake-up call: life is short ...

Just received news that an ex-colleague of mine, from my past life in [PGB], passed away ~7am on Friday 12th November 2004.

While I was never "close" to her, she always struck me as someone who easily befriended everybody she met. Bubbly personality. Kinda in-yo'-face but at the same time u knew she wasn't being mean about it. It seems she'd been kinda battling w her health for a few years; 2 years ago she was diagnosed with having fibroids and underwent an operation to remove it/them/whatever. Could not remove all of it. Took a turn for the worse in early November, and then, well, you already know what happened on the 12th. I have no idea of her exact age: am guessing between 35-40.

I was tempted to type that she was "too young" ... but then again... while ideally one would want to live to a ripe old age, you just know that in this day and age, it gets tougher for us to aspire to such lofty goals.

The water we drink: how much JUNK is in it? What with all the pollutants in the air, that get brought down to earth and seas when it rains.... the fish live in it... we drink it (don't for a minute tell me you TRUST what comes out of the tap in your house!)... And our body is what, 70% water? ugh... imagine how much of the junk stays in our system... and just what does it all do to us...

And what about our food? Bird flu in chicken... Chicken being injected w antibiotics... That JE thingy in pigs... cows being fed dead cow parts resulting in mad cow disease... fish with mercury and who-knows-what-else in 'em...

That's just food/drink... what about other "wild card" factors such as reckless motorcyclists... floods... 9/11-type attacks... falling victim to snatch thefts... being victim of a burglary-gone-wrong... cancer... heart failure... you name it!

No, dear reader... no such thing as "too young" to die ...

But life *is* short.. so please: live every day to the fullest, so that whenever it *is* your time to go, you can leave with minimal regrets... perhaps you could keep this in mind as you start off your day in the mornings:

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life"


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