Life Lessons

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

It’s hard to make sense of things when bad things happen to good people.

Life is uncertain.

We know anything can happen to anyone at anytime. But, we don’t think about it. We don’t dwell on this fact because if we did, we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. We would be paralyzed by fear. So, we face each day, moving forward with out lives, hoping the universe is on our side and life is good to us.

We hope we’re blessed and fortunate to return home each evening to our families and that our children stay safe and protected.

There are no guarantees for any of us.

Whenever I hear about a tragedy occurring: a car accident, teen suicide, a father who has a massive heart attack, these sudden events, even if I didn’t know the family experiencing the tragedy, take my breath away. It’s impossible to make sense of certain events and to understand why bad things happen to good people.

I feel sad for the people going through a loss and it serves as a reminder to me of how fragile life is. It’s easy to keep these thoughts far from my mind when everything is going well, but when faced with the news of something bad happening, it’s impossible to not be impacted by the news.

Tragedy reminds me that life is short. It reinforces my belief that I need to live hard and well. Everyday.

Life is uncertain. We don’t know what is going to happen today, tomorrow, next year.

All we can do is live each and every day doing meaningful things. Spend your time following your passion and making the world a better place. If you aren’t doing something you love, figure out a way to make it happen.

What I know for sure, is that life is too short not to make every day of your life count. Don’t put off doing something you want to do for later, do it now. Today. This moment.


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You never know what will happen and you can’t spend time worrying about things you can’t control. What you can do, instead, is live hard and well. You get out of something what you put into it, and living life well is no exception.

I feel sadness for those experiencing a tragedy in their family. And while I can lend an ear, be there to offer guidance and support, I can’t fix what happened. What I can do, is realize how blessed I am to be alive, not take it for granted, and live a meaningful life.

Don’t waste time.

Instead of worrying if something bad is going to happen to you or your loved ones, channel that energy into making sure you live your best life. Each day of your life.

That’s all any of us can do.

Find meaning each day,


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  • Dara, my year is bad I’m a 46 yrs old named Sue…my 19 yrs old nephews suicide…my uncle died of cancer..19yr old niece killed by drunk drive…my brother died of 9 months cancer battle…my father died …my mother alzhiemer…not counting all the drama…how much can one handle…I was close to all these people…another family member just yesterday diagnosed cancer she 16 yrs old…all in a year ..I’m depressed losing control…

    • Sue, I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through all of these hard times. Take one day at a time. Do the best you can, that’s all you can ask of yourself. Try to stay positive, and look for the good in your life. I know it’s hard. Hospice has a wonderful support group where I live. You might see if that is available where you live. You might find this very helpful. Sending you <3