What if Your Life Changed in the Blink of an Eye?


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In the blink of an eye…

That’s all it takes for life to throw us something catastrophic – something we’re completely unprepared for; something we had no way of knowing was coming our way.

Life as we know it can change within a matter of seconds.

blink of an eyeYesterday, Paul Walker, an actor best known for his good-guy-tough-guy role in the Fast an the Furious, died in a horrific car crash.

I’m still in shock as I type this. I didn’t know this man, I didn’t even follow him on Twitter. But I was a fan of his movies. What most of us probably didn’t know about Paul Walker, was that he was an extremely humble person who didn’t seek out the Hollywood limelight.

He LIVED his life to the fullest. He loved, he gave, he inspired…

 “Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha.” – Ryan Phillippe

 “Heavy heavy heart tonight. Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family.” – Olivia Wilde

“Thoughts and prayers tonight are with Paul Walker’s friends and family, especially his little girl. So sad. Very heavy heart tonight. I just remember him as being so effortlessly golden. He had that way about him, that “thing”… #rippaulwalker #TeamPW” – James van der Beek

This man clearly left behind a legacy and touched many, many lives that so few of us even knew about. In 2010 he formed Reach Out Worldwide to help people struck by natural disasters. “ROWW operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better.”

One minute someone’s there, and the next they’re ripped away. Gone. Just like that.

I can’t help but sit here and think today…

I’m reminded of how quickly things can change in the blink of an eye.

If heaven forbid, something happened to me tomorrow, next week, a year from now, 10 years from now… would I feel that I’ve done all that I can do? Gosh… I doubt it.

It’s made me think a lot today though.

RIP Paul Walker. Heaven has indeed scored an incredible angel.

Here’s an article that gives a bit more insight to his life, movie career and what happened yesterday – Daily Mail news 


6 Replies to “What if Your Life Changed in the Blink of an Eye?”

  1. I was so shocked when I heard that Paul Walker had died. Far too young to go. Makes me think of that song by Billy Joel, “Only the Good Die Young”
    My life has changed in the blink of an eye, and I’m just grateful for waking up to another day each and every morning. I’m determined to live each day as if it were my last and enjoy the every one of them.
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      I’m still shocked. It’s definitely an eye opener that it can all be taken away, just like that. I need to start living and enjoying life more and not be so concerned with things being “just right”! 😉 I love seeing pics of your animals and all the yummy food you make… which reminds me, I need to go check out your blog quick!

  2. His death serves as a reminder of the gift that we call life and how we shouldn’t waste it, but then so, too, do the deaths of millions every single day. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to live the hell out of today. 🙂

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Absolutely Bill! It’s something I need to get into the habit of reminding myself each and every day. You’ll be pleased to know that I lived the hell out of this weekend too. I didn’t even clean the house, LOL! How’s that for living life to the fullest?! 🙂

  3. The same sentiment here. I actually don’t know much about Paul Walker but when my brother was killed in a car accident a couple years ago, I went through the same thing – magnified by a lot. It’s what prompted me to change my life to do what I want to do – and not be complacent. But, STILL: if something happened to me? I have NOT left any kind of legacy I want to leave – yet. 🙂 RIP to Paul. Thank you for your thoughts, and making me think. xo
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Cyndi, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I can’t even imagine something so sudden happening to someone I love. My husband’s mom died of cancer a few years ago and that was horrible, but we knew it was coming. We had time to prepare. You have so much energy, spirit, light and positiveness about you and I know you are living life to the fullest… I see it every time we talk and in everything you do. 🙂 You ARE already living the legacy you’ll leave behind my friend, that much I know. xx

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