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RIP Jessica Ghawi

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One of the 12 dead in today’s early-morning slaughter at an Aurora Colorado movie house has been identified as Jessica Ghawi.

Writing under the name Jessica Redfield, she moved to Denver to break into sportscasting. She had been a bystander at the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto a few weeks ago.

In this hyper-connected world, she had a Facebook page and had been Tweeting from the theatre minutes earlier.

Ghawi also kept a blog, A Run On of Thoughts. Her last entry, about the Toronto shooting in June, makes excruciating reading:

I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm’s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

…I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.

Those who too easily believe in fate, or just as casually deny the presence of meaning in the universe, will likely draw their respective facile conclusions from this. Phrases like “tragic irony” will abound. Let us be content simply to acknowledge the existential truth of her statement: “Every second of every day is a gift.”

[H/t A. Goldenberg]

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