Dealing with Loss

When we decide to own pets, it's a decision that is merely based on our love for animals, and admiration of their companionship. Adding a pet to one's family requires commitment and hard work. Familiarizing ourselves with our pet's personality, its likes and dislikes as well as other traits that will help make our new family member more comfortable (and us more competent) requires passion and patience. As is the case with everything else in life, there's a catch. One passionately commits to such a life-altering decision knowing that the longevity of a pet's lifespan is approximately around 13 years (depending on the kind and breed), if we're lucky. So, while we'll be their family for their entire lifetime, they'll only occupy a portion of ours. This means that losing a pet is an inevitability that we have to be prepared for. But, as time passes, we naturally get more attached and lose complete control of our feelings. And when the time comes for us to let go and presumably move on, it's nothing short of torture, and in some cases an impossibility. So, the question is: Are we ever prepared to lose anything or anyone? Does being knowledgable about life's most inescapable occurrences make it easier at all? And if we're given extra time, will it ever be enough? The answer to all these questions is NO! We humans are so powerless though sometimes we may think the contrary. There's only so much we can do with the limited time and resources we have, and no matter how much more we're given of anything we simply cannot change or escape the unavoidable. As we get older, we realize how short life is and that we shouldn't take anything or anyone for granted. Today's thought is dedicated to Sasha, a German Shepard who has been part of our family for 9 years. Her diagnosis of an incurable type of Cancer gives us no more than a few short weeks to say our goodbyes. And while one would think that knowing the predictable outcome would make us better able to wholeheartedly commit to her every need, we are so limited and constrained that our maximum will never be enough for us or her. This emotionally-exhausting experience has taught me to make the most of every moment, and is a reminder to enjoy the most priceless and valuable things in life in an attempt to make the very most of our journey regardless of the obvious destination.      

Dina Abu-Seif 

BA in Communications 

MA in Sociology-Anthropology 

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." 


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