Look In The Mirror And Face Your Own Mortality

Posted by Tony Cooper on

Look In The Mirror And Face Your Own Mortality

You are still here with me then. That's good because hundreds of thousands of people didn't wake up today. Many are taken by old age and natural causes, and some are taken from us suddenly like the Leicester city chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a tragic helicopter crash recently.

Leicestershire Police said it believed the other people killed in the crash to be two members of Mr Vichai's staff - Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare - pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

One minute you are watching your team play football and the next you are cindered ashes in the stadium car park. We seldom think of our own mortality, all of us believing that terrible accidents or diseases won't affect us. But no one knows when their time is up, and their number is called.

I'm reminded that last week – October 22nd marked the 22nd year since the death of the Chelsea chairman, Matthew Harding who died in similar circumstances in a helicopter crash returning from a League Cup tie at Bolton in 1996. Friends and fellow supporters Ray Deane, Tony Burridge, John Bauldie and Mick Goss also died in that crash.

When you stare in the mirror and reflect on your own mortality, you will begin to understand why you must change. Time is short, and we should be doing things we enjoy rather than laying in bed all day with another hangover.

You are still alive; you still have the opportunity to make yourself a better person than you were the previous day.

If you are conscious of your own mortality then the significance of being alive will take on new meaning and you become more aware. Being mentally alert gives you a clear ability to survive better. We may all laugh off those trips to A&E that are a direct result of our drinking escapades but in reality, we are putting ourselves at risk.

When you wake up tomorrow, give thanks that you did and offer gratitude for your continued existence here on earth. Offer prayers for those that didn't make it. In this chaotic modern lifestyle of greed, jealousy and envy we should never forget that we are lucky to be alive.