You are not dead.
But You could have been. Maybe You even should have been, statistically speaking. With all the crazy shit You have pulled.
All those ‘close to hypothermia’ nights, that icy climbing tower, abseiling, fast roping, the dynamic live firing exercises, kill houses, explosive breaching ops, the nightly parachute jumps and the deployments into countries where people are actively trying to kill You.
Not to mention all the stupid stuff You did while drunk. The list goes on and on. You have sent the Grim Reaper on many ‘ wild goose chases’.
You could have been dead.
You could have been seriously injured.
But You are not.
You have defied the odds, You are alive.
You are not immortal however
One day You are going to die. One day your existence on this rock orbiting in Infinite Space ends. You don’t know when. But your days are numbered. And tonight, when You go to bed,…..another one is gone……forever……
One day in the near future You might wake up in the hospital, praying for only a fraction of the physical potential that You have now. Just remember that hospitals, at this very moment, are full of people who wish for the opportunities that You have right now.
From TUT – A note from the Universe:
‘Do you know what they all have in common? You know, the billions and billions who came before you, who used to live in the jungles of time and space.
Their adventure is over.
You know what else?
Given another chance, they’d take more risks. Not because they’d always succeed, but because from where they are now, the glory of knowing they at least tried far exceeds any regrets of knowing what might have been.’
Consider this, from ‘ Top 5 regrets of the dying‘ by Bronnie Ware. Bronnie was an Australian nurse who administered the last care for people who knew they were going to die soon. From the conversations that she had with her patients over the course of 8 years, she distilled their most common regrets.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
“Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”
Don’t have these regrets. You are alive now!
Start acting like it. Live it up. Get the most out of your days. Do the stuff You have always wanted to do. Get your ass in shape. Challenge yourself. Take more risks.
Be the best version of You.
What will You be remembered for?
Written by Robin C, Former Dutch SF officer, Operator, 12 years into adapting to civilian life