There are plenty of moments throughout life that make you stop, take a deep breath, take a step back, put your life in perspective, and appreciate the life that you have. Not every day is guaranteed. We all know that. But throughout the hours of each day, many of us, myself included, forget that. Then there are those moments, ones that make you realize that life is so fragile.
I didn’t know Tyler Skaggs. I’m not even a fan of the Los Angeles Angels. But Monday night, a little part of me felt like I followed the pitcher’s career from the moment it began. Skaggs, only 27 years old, was found dead in his Texas hotel room Monday morning, hours before the Angels were supposed to begin a four-game series against the Rangers.
As I began watching highlights of Skaggs’ career, along with the memorial that was quickly growing outside Angel Stadium, it once again made me think: Don’t take anyone for granted and appreciate every moment you have with someone before it’s too late. Along with that, let them know how much you appreciate them because, honestly, it would probably mean the world to them to hear it.
Following the devastating news about Skaggs, many MLB players — his teammates and former teammates alike — took to social media to express their love and appreciation for Skaggs. All of the tributes were truly awesome. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get a little choked up reading about the type of baseball player, teammate, son, husband, and person that Skaggs was, along with watching his highlights and tributes.
His record didn’t matter. His ERA didn’t matter. His WHIP didn’t matter. What matters is the type of person he was both on the field and off of it. Judging by everything that has been said and tweeted, Skaggs was a great man that seemingly had his whole life ahead of him, a life that he was supposed to share with his wife, Carli, who he married this past winter.
The same can be said when Jose Fernandez’s life was taken way too soon back in 2016. I’ll never forget watching the first game the Marlins played following his tragic death. It truly was incredible.
Much like other events throughout life, these two events made me take a step back and realize that life really is so fragile. So many of us realize that, but we don’t truly think about that until life gets put in perspective when these types of things happen.
It’s tough to remember to not take life and the ones around you for granted. We get caught up in work and just the adventures of everyday life, both good and bad. We also get angry and even sad at things that, in the end, don’t truly matter. Skaggs’ sudden death is yet another reminder that no matter how good life may be going, never take it for granted. All of us are struggling in some aspects of life, whether we like to admit it or not. But let Skaggs’ and Fernandez’s short time on this earth be yet another reminder to make the best out of everything and everyone every single day. Appreciate the people in your life and let them know that they are appreciated. No matter how bad of a day, week, or even year you may be having, try your best to look at the positives and focus on those things. Don’t take life for granted because, in the end, we truly don’t know how long this life will be.
I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do, all I want is for all of us to tell the people we love and are close to that we appreciate them because, when all is said and done, we don’t know how long they will continue to be in our life. Things could change in the blink of an eye and you don’t want to regret anything, especially when it pertains to someone that you are close to.
Enjoy your Fourth of July festivities, fellow WFNYers. I hope you get to spend it with the people that mean the most to you. If so, be sure to tell them that before it might be too late to do so.