Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised
Human nature is such that – we ‘expect the best’, ‘ignore the worst’ and are almost ‘always surprised’.
Life has become increasingly unpredictable and uncertain. Increasingly we hear of friends and colleagues passing away due to accidents and illnesses. When these tragedies happen, we are suddenly reminded of our own mortality and the fragility of life. We promise ourselves to eat better, exercise more, spend more time with the family and take on less stress. But with the passage of time, we go back to norm and live as though ‘nothing will happen’ – till the next tragedy happens.
These tragedies are traumatic. Dreams are broken and with a life partner no longer present, all the responsibility for the children falls on the lady of the house. In many instances the husband is the sole earning member with the entire future and the wellbeing of the spouse and children dependant on the earning capacity of this single person.
Once the surviving spouse comes out of the initial emotional shock and grief of the passing away of a loved one, the practical questions of life arise. Life after all must go on.
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