Here’s a name you’ve probably never heard.
A young guy called Abdelhak Nouri.
He’s a 20-year-old pro football player from the Netherlands. (Or shall I say was …Anyway.) Up to now, he has played for Amsterdam.
Why? Because I just read an article online stating that he’ll probably never play again—let alone, do much at all with his life.
In short, he’s been diagnosed with serious (and permanent) brain damage.
According to Goal.com:
Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered serious and permanent brain damage after he collapsed during Saturday’s friendly against Werder Bremen, the Eredivisie club have confirmed.
Nouri was treated on the field during the game — which was subsequently abandoned — at Lindenstadion in Hippach, Austria, before a trauma helicopter arrived and the 20-year-old was taken to hospital.
Although Nouri recovered a stable heart rate and Ajax confirmed on Monday that his heart was functioning normally, doctors were unable to examine his brain until he was brought out of an induced coma.”
Remember: age 20!
Switches a light switch on, right? Makes all of our problems trivial in an instant. Forces us to get back to the present moment and (hopefully!) overthink the way we live our lives/waste our time with unnecessary shit.
Plus, it makes us feel grateful for life (as well as sad for someone like Abdelhak at the same time). I know it sounds heartless, but that’s life. It is unpredictable. You can be dead tomorrow, or not. You’ll never know.
So here’s what I’ll do:
I’m going to make the most of today, and the remaining days I’ve left on earth.
It will soon be over, and I’ve realized it full-heartedly—even if “soon” means 80 years from now.
Time is running out…