That was one of the questions we were asked in sociology this term.
Why are you here?
You can answer it on the small scale. Like “Why are you here reading this blog right now?”
Or “Why are you here living in THIS place you live in?”
Or the biggest one . . . “Why are you here alive?”
Last night, my friend Tara and I were talking about organ donation. Since I was in the eleventh grade, I have been a definite organ donation advocate. To me, it’s clear and it’s simple: if I die in a way that my organs can be donated to save someone’s life, then TAKE THEM. This discussion lead to Tara telling me that her boyfriend doesn’t share our views on the subject of organ donation. And I know I can’t change anybody’s mind, and I know that not everybody is going to share my stance on it. And in most situations, I can understand people’s apprehension behind some of the things I believe and agree with. And in regard to organ donation, I just can’t. Some people, I understand, it’s against their religion, and that’s fine, I respect that. But to just not want someone taking your organs to make them continue to be useful when you can’t use them anymore? I just think that’s stupid.
A few years ago, a documentary was made in Vancouver called 65_RedRoses [in Canada, click here to watch]. It followed the story of Eva Markvoort, a young woman with Cystic Fibrosis as she awaited a double-lung transplant.
Eva received her transplant. In following her transplant recovery and complications, the following quote always sticks out to me.
I wasn’t here for six days, and I came back. Because people needed me. They wouldn’t be okay if I wasn’t here.
She went on to continue be a huge advocate for transplant and the CF community in Canada which you can read about on her blog.
Unfortunately, Eva’s lungs rejected and she died while waiting for a second transplant.
Eva knew why she was here.
She used every moment she had to love people.
Some of us have stared death in the face. But the truth is, we’re all dying. What are you going to do to make this moment count?
Why are you here?
Feel free to tell me in the comments.