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I forget...

Life is so brief, so fragile. It's easy to forget, sometimes. I understand that it's one of the many things that makes it so beautiful, but that doesn't make it easier to bear when you're confronted with just how impermanent things in this world are. And it's difficult to cherish all the wonderful things when you know that a part of your life has just been extinguished. It may be a pet, a person, a loved one, or even someone you barely knew. But because they are gone, your life is different, and even if you find something to help fill the space they left behind it is not the same. Nothing can replace a life once it has been lost, because each one is unique.

I don't like death, and I know that sounds silly because I know that no one does, but... it's so painful and heartbreaking. Even those deaths that most people wouldn't consider to be particularly meaningful... Is it wrong to think that we should always be moved by death? Is it wrong to feel saddened by the loss of life when you see a baby bird that fell from it's nest or small animal that was hit by a car? People just walk past these things in daily life and I don't understand it. Maybe I never knew that creature but shouldn't someone care? Shouldn't we be able to pause and acknowledge something like that instead of ignoring it? Maybe I'm overreacting, but it just seems like there's a difference between acceptance and ignorance.

I'm sorry, this isn't a very uplifting post. A friend lost a beloved pet today and it just made me think. I know I haven't been around much, mainly because the situation here has changed again, but I haven't forgotten any of you. And even if I leave (or maybe more like when), please know that I still won't forget you. ♥

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