Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. We can go years and years feeling comforted in the idea that bad things only happen to bad people or that bad things only happen to other good people. Young and old, many of us are coddled by decades of uneventful goings-on, thinking we walk on the fortunate side of the barrier between safety and danger.
Because that barrier is a thin veil of illusion, the most drastic changes come with no pomp and plenty of circumstance. This is a devastating reality to have to face when one is least able to do so. Our wounded servicemembers, those injured on the job, and anyone married to and/or the parent of an injured person knows this. And BC's own Jet in Columbus and Richard Marcus know this. The road to hell is paved with the many things we don't know ahead of time and the lessons we refuse to learn from those all too familiar with the fickle hand of fate.
Wills, living wills, and life insurance abound and can cushion the blow for our loved ones should we not survive an accident, attack, or illness. Few consider the provisions necessary for surviving the same. Those who volunteer in nursing homes, rehab centers, hospitals, veterans hospitals, active-duty healthcare facilities, nursing homes, or with the myriad of help agencies across the country stand in the very doorways an injured person does well to find months after they've been injured. Knowledge of resources and how to work the system is crucial and best sought out while one is able to do so unencumbered.
The odds that we as individuals will traverse this life with nary a need are very good. Add spouses, children, other family, and friends to the mix, and the odds drop through the floor. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who is battling more than their injury; they are battling for the basics: shelter, food, and peace of mind.
Prevention is big business. From baby gates to airbags, from helmets to home security systems, gizmos and gadgets have flooded the marketplace in an effort to protect our loved ones and ourselves from our own world. Self-defense classes can be had with one phone call. Wellness programs and neighborhood watches have cropped up from Seattle to Sarasota. All are trying to avoid that which could halt us in our tracks and change our lives forever.