Life has no mercy.

@II2aTee (2560)
United States
May 27, 2008 1:30pm CST
I had a best friend growing up. Her family was my family and vice versa, even though we had no blood relation. Her father, Ron, was a "wild child" all through our childhood. He smoked pot (with my own father - though never in front of us kids. I didnt even know it was going on untill well into my teens) He smoked cigaretts, about 2 packs a day. Drank. Though not heavily, I'm sure he had at least one or two beers a day. Around the time my best friend and I wer turning 13 or 14, Ron turned his life around. He was still the same fun loving Ron I knew growing up, but he had a personaly revelation and for some reason started to shape his health up. He quit smoking. He gave up drinking. He began to eat healthy. He began working out and going on long bike rides with us through the trails in the woods. We lived in the country so mountain biking was like second nature to us kids. We were so excited to have Ron go biking with us. One day Ron and my best friend were out biking on the trails we rode down almost every day growing up. But this ride would change everyone, especially Ron, forever. Kali (my best friend) was riding ahead of her father, and she heard him cry out in pain. Ron had hit a chance tree stump at the wrong speed and the wrong angle, and was tossed from his mountain bike, and broke his neck. The doctors said he would never have control over his own body ever again. Today, Ron can talk (and joke) like he used to, but he is confined to his wheel chair. He cannot walk, or feed himself. The most he can do it move his right arm. There is no moral to this story. It is just a story. And its true, every word of it. You can smoke 2 packs a day and die of lung cancer when your 50. Or you can work out and live life to the fullest and it can be taken away in moments. No reason. No cause. No purpose. No mercy. Life just is. How sad to know that no matter what we do, we are powerless against it.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
That is a sad story, but you are right. We are powerless against what happens to us in those situations. I'm sorry that happened to your friend's dad.
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
28 May 08
As the saying goes, Life just isn't fair sometimes. How about people who are very health conscious all their lives, eat right, don't drink, smoke and still die of a terminal disease anyway? This story for some reason reminds me of what happened to that actor Christopher Reeve...he was a healthy person, was a success in movies (especially the Superman ones) and had everything going for him and then in an instant, his life changed due to that horseback riding accident, that left him wheelchair bound and a quadriplegic. I guess maybe it's true...you have to just take one day at a time and live it to the fullest, cause you never know what can happen
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
27 May 08
Hi Tee, Life is, and we are powerless against it. This is a very true statement, and few can argue otherwise. Such things as you mentioned are happening every day. I have a nephew who was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 17, that was 28 years ago and he hasn't walked since. He can do things that your friends father can't do as his paralysis is below the waist, and he can still use his arms. It seems we must just live one day at a time and accept whatever life has in store for us. Blessings.
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@tessah (6622)
• United States
27 May 08
precisely why life should be lived to the fullest.
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• Canada
27 May 08
All the more reason to enjoy the life you have now. Saving for the future only goes so far, because there is the chance you will not get the chance to do things you put off. Of course, you still try to be a good person and be respectful, try to help others, and be responsible. But.....we do not know our destiny or how much time we have here on earth. So as long as it hurts nobody else, I say enjoy life as if it were your last day as often as you can find the time. You are very right, there is no rhyme or reason for it. Some people can smoke and drink like crazy and live to an old age, against all the odds. Where others that have been careful and never indulged themselves can die an unfinished life.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
30 May 08
why doesnt he write a book about his life...
• United States
29 May 08
Hey Tee, and Happy Birthday (I know its either coming up or I just missed it) This story does have a moral, its that you should live life to the fullest every day of your life. Even if you do all the right things, tomorrow isn't promised to you, anything can happen. So never take the present for granted.
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
28 May 08
There are some things that are bigger than us in this lifetime. The universe and the powerlessness it leaves us with at times is one of those things. On the flipside though, the universe can give us amazing power within ourselves to overcome obstacles that have turned our life upside down. There is a ton of power in this life within our control and out of our control. It's an amazing thing.