The odds were against you from the very beginning.
Your mom could’ve had a migraine that day – or decided she liked girls.
Your dad could’ve been shooting blanks.
But none of that happened, and here you are.
#78: The Fact That You’re Here At All.
Let’s face it, the fact life on this planet exists at all is mind-boggling; a simple change to the oxygen, gravity, availability of coffee beans or any other essential quotient and we’d all be wiped out immediately. But we’re still here, and against all odds, so are you. I’m no Big Bang Theory science nerd, but here’s my take on your existence: Out of the 200 to 600 million sperm normally found in ejaculate (this figure varies wildly, so don’t blame me if my figures seem out of whack) only one will stop and ask for directions along the Fallopian Tube Highway, thus ensuring it actually reaches a mature egg. Then the egg in question has to hope it can remember the password, pay the cover charge, gain entrance and fertilize the sucker.
If all that works out then you’re off to the races! Of course, then you have to survive nine months of gestation and pray the MD in charge of your birth is sober. The doc that delivered my daughter left the hospital after inducing my wife in the morning and when he finally returned, we discovered he had enjoyed a couple of drinks at a friend’s house minutes before! That was a fun moment as we considered whether or not I could take charge of things myself; we soon realized I’m better at making deposits in that area (though I needed medical assistance via IVF) than withdrawals, and took our chances.
Again, it all worked out even though it probably shouldn’t have.
Every day people all over the world perish in simple-yet-unbelievable accidents that could befall any of us at any time. Just last month, a giant chunk of ice, believed to have fallen from an airplane (or a giant’s mixed drink) crashed through the roof of a Mississauga home, landing steps away from the bed of Mr. Tony Caccavo. I can only imagine that Tony let some pretty saucy Italian expletives fly before he realized just how fortunate he was.
But even if he had perished in a bizarre incident tinged with dark humor, at least Mr. Caccavo defied the odds by existing right up until that perilous and very wet moment.
And therein lieth the lesson. (Shakespeare in the park ain’t got nothin’ on me!) Every moment of your life, every second of your very existence, is a testament to the simple-yet-sweet victory that is the sum of your time on earth.
You’re here when you probably shouldn’t be.
So enjoy it.
Stay here for as long as you can and make the most of it because you never when the odds will no longer be in your favor.
See you in the lobby, kids…