I think this is a lesson we learn again and again. We get reminders of just how short life is, then we forget. When another event happens that illustrates how quickly our lives can end, it's like a blow all over again.
The first time I realized how short life can be was when I was 19 years old. My best friend then was Kevin, and I was dating his brother David. We hung out CONSTANTLY! One day David and I arrived home to find Kevin and our other friend, Clay, dead on the floor. Clay had killed Kevin, then turned the gun on himself. I knew that day that my life would never be the same. And... it hasn't been! I really grew up over night. My perspective on life really evolved, and I started to become the person I was meant to be.
When I was sick with the shingles and everything that came with that, I got another wake-up call. Daniel says that was a life-changing time for him, too. We honestly didn't know at some points if I was going to recover or if the disease would eventually take my life. The day I asked Daniel if I was going to die and he couldn't give me a straight answer was one of the scariest days ever.