A haiku and some thoughts on living
while in these fragile bodies
death is always near
Despite what we’d like to think about being in control, as long as we are incarnate there is no absolute security. Anything can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere: Things fall from the sky; vehicles careen out of control often hitting people who had no clue of the danger; bacteria and viruses everywhere, always mutating; genetic risks; environmental risks. There are toxins in our food and air, but breathing or eating are not optional till you’re ready to vacate the body. Oh…search global mass killings for some sobering statistics.
Yes, we can choose to minimize some risks, but just as monster chasers risk becoming monsters the person trying to be safe can stunt their life, making it so narrow and shallow, it is barely living. We each get to choose, and rationalize our choices. I’m not judging anyone, I’m just reminding you that control and safety in these lives of ours is limited, so choose wisely. The tactics you employ to keep danger out or at bay also restrain you, limit your activities and experiences.<br>
I’ve risked my life for fun and for principles. The only time I reined it in, and then mostly the ‘fun’ risks, was when my kids were small and I was a single Mom. I never deluded myself, however, about how safe I was. So I told my kids every day I loved them and I tried to find some joy and beauty and fun in each day to share with them. They had some early eye-opening losses in life themselves…so they ‘get it’—you never know what each day will bring.
My main concession to the risks of rural living for a woman my age is I carry my cell-phone whenever I’m outside—whether doing chores or taking photos, just walking my land for the sheer pleasure of it---despite snakes and cacti and bees. That I haven’t had a bad experience with any of those these first 3 years here, or with the night visiting animals when I’m taking photos of the moon does not mean I never will. Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote a book about the ways the universe is trying to kill us, it dealt of course mostly with astronomical and geological events, but the fact is our own bodies turn on us in many ways: Allergies, diseases, the slow erosion of how well the body functions as we age. So, knowing that playing it safe will not keep me safe…I choose to live my way up to the last breath.