"There's this wonderful
quote from (Paul Bowles' 1949 novel)
The Sheltering Sky (paraphrasing):
we do not know when we will die,
we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well,
and yet everything happens only a certain number of times .
How many more
times will you remember
a certain afternoon of your childhood
that is so deeply a part of your being
you can't even conceive of your life without it?
Perhaps four or
five times more?
Perhaps not even that.
How many more times will you watch the full moon rise?
Perhaps, twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."
I know that's kind of a roundabout way of
talking about it. But you tend to take a great deal for granted,
because you feel like you're going to live forever.
It's only if you lose a friend, or maybe
have a near-death experience,
(that) many events and people in your life suddenly attain real
- Brandon Lee