Posted on: December 2, 2013 Posted by: Felicia S. C. Gooden Comments: 0

432582Life can change in an instant – “here today, gone tomorrow”. It seems as though we many not take life as lightly or as seriously as we should. We take “tomorrow” for granted, expecting it to arrive with our vessels being animated in each and every passing moment to come. We expect to see our loved ones whenever we so choose, including in the moments to arrive – the times we anticipate. Although we seem to contemplate our demise and the demise of our loved ones, we never really appreciate the moments of life that we have to embrace. We take life for granted so much that we forget to truly live in the present. We spend so much time trying to prove a point and express our own limited and selfish perspectives that when someone close to us leaves this physical plane in the next moment, we are simply taken by surprise and left in pure and utter shock.
What seems to be most curious, and even disturbing, is our love for celebrities and our attachment to them and their lives. From our favorite authors to our most beloved movie stars and musicians, we seem to take their lives for granted even more than the lives of our families and peers. We cling to these people and their lives with a grip so tight that they literally can’t live without a camera in their faces so we can be satisfied with knowing more about their lives than we do our own. But what about the moment when one of these beloved public figures transitions? What about their own sudden deaths? In those moments, there is this virtually orgasmic energy of shock, awe, and disillusionment. We feel as though we have lost a friend of ours – even a family member. I remember when Whitney Houston was found dead in the Beverly Hills Hotel the night before the Grammy’s, it was as if the earth stood still for a moment. Everyone was obsessed with the why and how. There was a constant playing of her music and people reminiscing about the moments in their lives that corresponded with a song of choice. It’s simply mind boggling how we can develop such personal relationships with people that many of us never meet in real life.
And now, the tragic and even ironic loss of our beloved Paul Walker. A beautiful young man with a successful film career. A philanthropist in his own right, reports say that he was on his way to – or from – a benefit for his foundation in order to raise money to the intense typhoon that hit the Philippines. Could it really be true? Our blonde haired, blue eyed good cop gone bad from the Fast and Furious franchise died in a fiery car crash from driving too fast? His fans are too furious! A mass moment of denial was felt throughout society as there was an article that reported this story and claimed it to be a death hoax – because we love killing celebrities on the internet – but this time, it was real. Photos circulate showing the incinerated Porche that he rode in during his last moments. His fellow co-stars are devastated. The world of cars and film are changed forever.
How can it be that we take our lives and the lives of others for granted? We expect to get to our destination on time and in one piece. We expect one another to arrive to a meeting and party on time with no excuses – for some employers, death isn’t even a good excuse. We expect the rich and famous to live their lives openly for our own personal satisfaction. Many of us find ourselves taking a look at our own lives and truly examining how we feel about our final transition from this lifetime to the next when there is a sudden loss. We often imagine our own demises and pray for a peaceful transition.
This is a time to become conscious, for our actions and dreams can very well dictate our last moments in this life. Our love for living life in the fast lane can foreshadow how we go out. Our need to be loved and adored without confronting our own inner demons can lead to the drink or smoke that takes us out. Walking across the street to the meeting because the money is more important that our livelihood can be the moment when we’re called to check out and start again. A holiday trip on an interstate with black ice can be what leads to a collective soul exodus from this material plane. Too many minds and mouths proclaiming the death of a person in falsehood can indeed prove to be true.
Our lives change in an instant. Sometime we get through the transition and remain in this world, and sometimes we transition into the next world. There are always catalysts that propel us forward into the next phase of our existence and soul evolution. Be conscious and live a conscious life. Expect nothing – including the next breath. Be present. Live well. And for the love of Life – stop fake killing people on the internet! It’s all fun and games until a car hits a pole and explodes! We really, as a collective, need to develop a higher standard of respect for ourselves and others in this life. Words do have power; use them wisely.
Until next time, Paul! We love you!

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