Life is a gift. It is a precious gift we all take for granted. This isn’t a knock on anyone in particular, it just is something we don’t really think about, the same as breathing or waking up in the morning. We don’t really think about these things, but in all honesty, it is something we should. To be alive. To live and to love. To see the great wonders of the world and to experience life is truly the best gift of all. While we all feel pain, sadness and guilt at different parts of our life, it does not undo that we are alive and can feel the world around us. It is sad that not all of us are able to open up to the world, but after I learned of my HIV, it made me look at life and realize that, up to that point in time, I had taken it all for granted, and after I moved past the sudden shock and depression of the diagnosis, I decided to never take life for granted ever again.
Of course, I did take out some protective measures, such as life insurance, to ensure my family can continue living their lives in peace and comfort. After all, while I might have to live with HIV, there is no reason they should feel the side effects after I am gone.