The Corollary of a Disease

If there’s one thing I am sacred to death of it’s death by disease. This is a fear I don’t want to face because there’s on winning with this one. Consider it for a second and tell me if I am wrong?

Over the years, I have lost a few of my family members to the brutality of diseases and every time that happened, it stirred something within me. It reminded me of my mortality. I felt like I was walking on a tight rope, with something very fragile in my hands.

No matter how much care I take, a light gust of wind would all it take to throw me off the rope.

Imagine, the people who were once as sturdy as an Oak, wither away slowly. Slowly, like the tree whose bark has been infested with termites. Like the bark, their body crumbled as the infestation grew. How merciless can a disease be? It breaks a person, physically as well as mentally. It shakes the entire foundation of one’s being. How a once self-reliant person becomes helpless in just a matter of days? You may have lost someone close to you to a disease as well, you know how difficult it is to watch such a transition let alone go through it.

If there’s any positive aspect to this silent, merciless and often brutal concept, it’s the humbling effect it has on one’s spirit. No matter how strong one is, it forces them to acknowledge their inherent weakness, their brittle fragility. Of course, the one who is suffering has no option but even the ones who are around them experience this effect, to a certain extent.

I don’t know why I am sharing this with you. Maybe I am too sacred and want someone to share this with me. Maybe I want you to stop doing, whatever is it you’re doing, for a second, and understand the gravity of what I’ve written above.

To be honest, I don’t know what lies ahead for me and neither do you. All we can do is take care of ourselves, of those close to us, of those who need us and of those who are suffering but don’t mean anything to us. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a loving and caring family. Can’t we be there for them? Shouldn’t we ease their pain if we could?


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