Now, well into the adult years, I know why it’s very important to live every moment of life. Because any moment can be your last. You never know what the future has in store for you. Life is damn unpredictable. It can end abruptly without any forewarning. You think everything’s going fine in your world and BAM! I am going to tell you about a terrible incident I had the misfortune of witnessing recently. Take it as an example for whatever I’ve said above.
It was around 5 PM. I was on my way home. It started to drizzle. Heavy enough to make someone drenched if you stay in it for too long. I didn’t have raincoat. So I was in haste.
Got stuck in a traffic jam. On the other side of the divider, though, the way was clear. Vehicles were going unhindered.
That’s where the incident occurred.
Across the road there were a few general shops. A car stopped in front of one, weirdly parked adjacent to the divider right in the middle of the road. In the car there was a couple. Wife stayed inside the car and husband alighted, to buy something. He had barely set a foot outside and suddenly a massive, loaded truck violently collided with him.
The car blocked my view of the whole thing. Still, I knew of the collision because of the sickening crunch it made as blood splattered all over the road. Victim’s wife made a shrill, horrendous cry and everyone looked petrified. She quickly rushed to the body of his husband…or whatever remained of it. It was a head-on collision and man’s face was facing the truck in his final moments. Due to this, his face had become a ruin. His head was twisted in a grotesque fashion. His cheek bones were clearly visible and a handful of remaining flesh was dangling from them. His skull had cracked open in half. The sight of the pink flesh of his brain almost made me puke. His limbs quivered for a moment before they got placid. His intestines were sputtered on the road. Remaining contents of his stomach were nowhere to be seen.
The wails of his grief-stricken wife were like nothing human. People surrounded her and his husband. With a minor accident, you’d expect people to rush the victim to the hospital. Not in this. There was scarcely anything remained to carry. Nothing to save. I noticed I was trembling. Whether it was fear, shock, sadness, I could not say. I felt tears glistening in my eyes. I was weeping for a dead man I had never seen before.
It’s been more than a week. The memories of the incident still sends shivers down my spine. His wife’s shrieks still echo in my mind. I don’t think I will ever forget this incident in future, mainly because of the sheer brutality of it.
Now, you could argue that it was his own fault. You will say it was akin to a suicide. He parked the car on the wrong side and blindly trotted down the road without looking anywhere else. Maybe you’re right. Maybe he dug his own grave. But he didn’t deserve to die like that. Heck, nobody deserves to die like that!
This is why, my friends, live every minute of your life to the fullest. This world is cruel. A trifle of a mistake can claim your life.