This Thanksgiving

It’s November again. We all know what that means; radio stations playing Christmas music, even though it’s still too early, and enough turkey to build a cave with, hide in it, and hoard the apple pie until next Thanksgiving comes around.

Life can be so painfully short, and in one split second, everything can change. ”

It also means thousands of people preaching about what they’re thankful for and how you should be thankful for things you have too.

But something has happened this month that’s different from the years before. Something that brings everyone to a somber realization: life can be so painfully short, and in one split second, everything can change. Words can be left unsaid, and deeds left undone.

The very recent attacks on Paris have shown us that nobody is 100% safe from anything. We can predict what’s going to happen next, but we’ll never know for sure. That’s why it’s so important to never take anything for granted.

At least 129 people died in the seven terror attacks in Paris. That’s 129 people who never got to say “I love you” for the last time to the people they care about, 129 people who will never “see you later”, 129 people whose lives were cut short by a hatred that burns hotter than the sun.

We lose many people, and never think “hey, this might be the last time I see this person.” But this year will be different. We’ll all most likely be holding our loved ones a little bit tighter this Thanksgiving.