Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People

“Everything happens for a reason.”

This is how we rationalize our struggles when facing tough situations. Instead of being pessimistic, we’ll think of it as shaping us for a better future.

When bad things happen to deserving people, we call that karma. An unkind person that mistreats others will get punished. Once karma gets them, hopefully they’ll act in a better manner.

How do we justify something horrible happening to a good person? Is karma punishing them for being loved? Is it a part of God’s plan that a car would strike my beautiful friend and almost kill her?

You try to rationalize it, but it never makes sense. We’re grateful for everything in life, we forgive easily, and take nothing and no one for granted.

Yet here we are, trying to explain why this happened to such a wonderful soul, who brightens the days of friends and strangers alike.

It forces us to question everything we’ve learned about life. I thought back to encouraging words that I would tell people to improve their spirits, then I realized I don’t know anymore. I don’t know what I’ve been told or been telling people is utter nonsense.

Ok, deep breath…

We can sit here depressed, blame, and question everything, but it doesn’t change anything. We need to stop being selfish and come to terms with what happened. This isn’t about us, it’s time to rally around our loved one; help them recover back to normalcy.

We see our loved ones battle; their spirit inspires us to give more than we thought was possible. Faith is restored through people coming together; the outpouring of support for our loved one and each other, miracles do happen. There’s a reason certain people become a part of our lives.

While the future is unclear, there is a sense of calm that everything is going to be fine in the end, otherwise it’s not the end.

Life is unpredictable, nobody knows why bad things happen to good people, but there is one powerful outcome; love triumphs.