Sunday’s Wisdom #179: Life’s Not Fair

“Sometimes life is unfair. And sometimes we lose things. And sometimes we make mistakes. And some of these things can never be fixed, no matter how powerful you become. Some things just are. And everyone has to live with that.”
– Death, aka Billie the Reaper, Supernatural
Season 13, Episode 19, “Funeralia”

If there’s anyone who can speak definitively about how unfair life is, it’s Death.

The exact circumstances surrounding the quote are a bit complicated, involving a powerful witch who spent her life in pursuit of said power and lost everything, especially those she loved, and now finds herself filled with regrets over her mistakes and how they impacted the life of her deceased son. The unique factors notwithstanding, I think most of us can relate to that fury and sorrow, that frustration at how unfair life is, and how we’ve mistakes that can’t be undone.

But, as Death say, that’s just life.

The hard truth is that when we lose important things, either through our own mistakes or just because it happens, we can’t undo that loss. Life is not fair, and it never has been, and it never will be. There are good things about that (I, personally, have a far better life than I’ve ever deserved), but it’s never easy to deal with loss. Even so, we have to deal with it. We have to live with it.

Loss, pain, regret, anger, the plain unfairness of life… these are just things that we all have to live with. Nobody escapes them, not really. Everyone has to live with it.

Life and Death do not play favorites.

The question, as I see it, isn’t if we live with this, but how we live with it.

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