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Life is short

The passing of Chris Henry should make us all take a step back and appreciate the short life we all have.

Chris Henry died this week at the age of 26.

He had 3 children.

I am 26.

Sports are great. The give the every day person a release, something to hope for, something to talk about and something root for. Through all of that I think we forget that these athletes, regardless of their tremendous god given ability, is that they are people with families. Three children will grow up with out their father. He was taken from them before the prime of his own life.

We are able to make fun of athletes and their situations because they seem untouchable, but when you sit back and think about the lives they are effecting, or no longer effecting, you have to sit back and think about your own life.

Tiger Woods has been in the news for all his issues and we have not held back our own shots at him, but with the recent news that he and Elin’s divorce, I immediately think about to his two young children. They have just become a statistic, another two kids from a broken home. I understand that these people have money, which gives them the means to survive, but that money can not change the emotional scaring that this circus is causing.

Can you imagine your own relationship or your parent’s relationship splashed across newspapers, trashy magazines and TV for weeks at a time. Someday, Sam and Charlie Woods will old enough to read and learn about their father.  They will learn that he is arguably the greatest golfer ever, and they will also learn how his poor judgment ruined his and their mother’s lives. It’s hard to take a step back and view the hardships of athletes like Tiger and Chris Henry on a personal level, but it really does give a different and more realistic opinion of the situations.  You begin to see these athletes as people, and you can’t help but feel bad for them and their families.

I guess the point of this article is that with Christmas and a new year quickly approaching, think about the things that really matter in your life and be really thankful for them.

Be happy that when you fight with your girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife, or who ever it may be, it stays between you.  It isn’t broadcast to 98 countries and plastered on Perez Hilton’s terrible blog.

Tell the people in your life that you love them, don’t take life for granted and seize the moments that come to you. The worst thing a person can do is look back and wish they had done things different, or said something they didn’t, or change something they did say.

Be grateful for the life you have and remember that life is short, and if you forget think about how Chris Henry’s three small children will never ever be able to hug their father ever again and tell him they love him. It really is a shame.

Rest in peace Chris, we know you miss those beautiful kids.

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