Today, almost 200 people are likely to have perished in a major aviation catastrophe, and I can't even imagine the agony the passengers' and crew members' families and friends must be going through.
Aviation disasters are not common, considering how many planes take to the skies on a daily basis, but when disaster strikes, the results can be devastating. Dozens of lives can be lost in just a split second.
Death often comes without warning. If there's any lesson to be learnt from this tragedy, it's that. Road accidents, terrorist attacks, poor health, old age, death can come at any time, from any direction.
Drive safe. Let me know when you get there.
My mum never fails to recite these words whenever somebody is about to leave the house. She says it every time, and I admit, I tend to take her well wishes for granted sometimes. Today's events have reminded me just how fragile human life really is. We should appreciate it before it's gone. Appreciate our loved ones, because once they're gone, they can't come back.