This morning I learned of something incredibly tragic that happened in Ottawa. A young woman was running to catch a bus at around 7:15 in the morning; instead of catching the bus, she was hit by it, ending her life within the hour. I can only imagine what her rush was. Perhaps she was behind schedule to get to work. An important meeting. Some paperwork she was behind on. Perhaps she was rushing to get to school, to study for a test or do final edits on a paper. She never thought that rushing would end her life. None of us do, and yet it is not the first time that speeding ahead has ended in disaster.
We need to slow down. We need to walk, not run. We need to take time to be present and aware of our surroundings. We need to realize that life is fleeting and precious and treat it as such. I am devastated that something like this happened because a woman was so filled with urgency she needed to run to her bus, even though buses on that route often arrive within minutes of each other. I know this because the stop she was hit at is the exact same stop where my husband and I used to catch the bus to get to work when we arrived in Ottawa. Too many tragedies have happened too close to home because people are in a hurry. So please, I’m urging you to just. slow. down. You won’t miss out, I promise. But you might just save your life.