Death is never a fun topic to chat about.

However, it's one of the certainties in life, along with taxes, and the Minnesota Vikings always breaking your heart.  Yep, that loss last night kind of stings like death.

I know myself, I've been pretty lucky when it comes to death.  Knock on wood.  I've lost my grandparents but my parents are still alive.  For the most part, I haven't lost a lot of people I care about in life.

I know I'm approaching the back nine of my life too. 

Who knows, I could be well into that back nine.  You never really know when your time might be up.  I've been feeling my mortality especially since I was diagnosed with a chronic disease about a year and a half ago.  It was very unexpected and is something that required a total life change.  That's why I have been doing all that I can in my life to stack the odds in my favor, and I'm pleased to say that I appear to have it under control right now.  However, you always feel like the wolf is at the door.

Don't take anything for granted.  Love the people in your life like you might never see them again, because, in reality, that just might be the case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the most likely ways you will die in North Dakota.

#10 Chronic Liver Disease

#9 Suicide

#8  Diabetes

#7 Stroke

#6 Chronic Lower Respiratory

#5 Alzheimer's Disease

#4 Accidents

#3 COVID-19

#2 Cancer

#1 Heart Disease

There you have it, plenty of ways for you to go.  Some settle for that we're born to live and then to die.  And I guess that's why we got to love those people who deserve it like there's no tomorrow.  Cause when you get right now to it, there isn't.  (Classic closing line from the movie "Vision Quest".)

Beautiful North Dakota home found full of dead animals.

Gallery Credit: John Seil

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