I’d never given much thought to life and death. In my mind, it is what it is. Now, I see how naïve I had been. Life isn’t just life. It’s a gift that should be treasured. All the same, death is just death. It’s the end of someone’s story. It’s someone losing someone they love and having to live the rest of his or her life without them. It’s someone losing their tie to this earth or their reason to wake up. Life and death, I came to realize, are fragile and should never be underestimated.