Some of you may have seen footages of the heart-wrenching Christchurch earthquake which claimed the lives of dozens of New Zealanders and tourists yesterday. They say lightning never strikes the same place twice but this is proof that we can never be too sure of that. We should have seen the stranding of 107 pilot whales in Stewart Island the day prior to the earthquake as a sign.
My heart and prayers goes out to the victims and their loved ones who are facing quite possibly the most devastating tragedy in their lives. They are still experiencing many aftershocks after the earthquake. When an earthquake happened in Christchurch in September 2010 I remember thinking how surreal it is to be in a city that's only a 5-hour away drive from Christchurch and escape a terrifying natural disaster.
Just a few days ago I was contemplating on how we, as humans, sometimes feel mighty and powerful with our chest puffed up with pride and arrogance, yet if the Earth were to swallow us up there would be no way for us to stop it from happening. We'd like to think that we have ultimate control of our lives but the reality is we're very fragile and to a certain extent absolutely helpless.
I am scheduled to fly to Christchurch on the 2nd of March but I am now making arrangements to go back to Dunedin via Wellington instead. I wasn't planning on blogging for a while because there's a lot that needs to be done before I leave but I just had to. Christchurch is just too close to home.