Being alive and healthy: Reasons to be Grateful #1

Being Alive


It feels great to wake up feeling “I’m alive”.

Try asking someone who’s unconscious for a significant time and they will tell you how humbling the experience was.

More than 1.5 Lakh people die each day, you have not been one of them for the past consecutive years of whatever your age might be.

I remember the first time I saw someone die before my very eyes die at a Public Hospital. It was post-midnight around 2 pm. He was admitted with what seemed like normal chest pain. His wife and his son accompanied him to the hospital. He is not someone you ever doubt would be dead in a few minutes. As he lay on the bed, he was in agonizing pain and suddenly calmed down as if he went to sleep. His family tried waking him up but he felt nothing. I could see the doctor heavily pounding on the patient’s chest. He ordered the nurse to hand him the adrenaline injection and as soon as he got it, he pierced it into the patient’s flesh, but to no avail.

After a few more pounding, the doctor seemed tired and gave up. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Although he was totally unrelated to me, I wanted to ask the doctor to do something, and somehow make it work. I noticed his family was right beside him, especially his wife sobbing uncontrollably as she saw the companion of her life lay lifeless and indifferent. It was all over, everything happened in a matter of few minutes. It was my first real experience watching someone seemingly normal gone out of reach in no time.

Life truly is extremely fragile.

Being Healthy.

Many great people haven’t made this far to see this day. But you do. Furthermore, you breathe fresh air without life support which means you have fully functioning lungs and also many other if not all body parts functioning perfectly.

The feeling of sickness and being easily tired and sleepy all the time is one hell of an experience. We yearn so much to be “normal” once again.

 That’s the feeling of well-being which we enjoy every single day yet so often forget to be grateful for. Being healthy and well is such an underrated blessing in life.

Our body is akin to a megapolis of administrative, electrical , plumbing and drainage systems. Each body part has its own function and an effect on one system invariably reflects on the other. Each organ and system must work in perfect harmony to give you the feeling of “well-being”.

Imagine yourself in her position- Needles in your veins, and the antibiotics messing up your mind.

Feeling bad about something? go visit a public hospital near you and ask yourself if what you’re feeling is really worse then theirs. Then and only then give yourself the permission to feel bad about your circumstances in life.

Some know their day of death in advance and it makes it even worse. On the other hand, some people long to be dead for the pain of not being able to suffer. It’s hard to imagine but it’s one sure place you don’t want to find yourself in.

Finally, the fact that you’re reading this means you’re probably a lot more privileged than all the millions of people around the world sick, dying or lying unconscious on hospital beds with no definite hope of waking up to see the world again.


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