Last month, my best friend, the love of my life who is a really healthy, active, sensible eater and non-drinker, ended up in the hospital unexpectedly with a condition that usually causes sudden death, and is usually brought on by a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and a host of other things.
None of which apply. He is a walking anomaly, exception, strange case.
This weekend Kyle Glover, an 11-year-old boy suffered a traumatic accident and is fighting for his laugh, having been declared brain dead.
Life is lost and given unexpectedly enough for us to understand: No earthly thing is promised.
Confronting mortality brings a powerful sense of perspective into your life.
All of a sudden, you are forced to realize when it comes down to life or death, nothing matters but you and God.
The following five statements are excerpted from an article about the top five regrets of patients living out their last days.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
For many of us, in this moment, we aren’t on our deathbed. We are alive and free, healthy and roaming. Don’t wait for a death scare to hit you or a loved one to awaken you.
Take a minute.
You never know what you’ll be faced with, but you can choose to let it strengthen you, re-center you.
Like these inspiring ladies:
Over the weekend, the Williams sisters have once again made history.
“Returning to the tennis court wasn’t easy for Serena who suffered a two year tennis drought after winning the Wimbledon in 2010. That same year… She underwent an emergency surgery for blood clots found in her lungs…
‘…I just wanted to make it out of the hospital. And I wasn’t even thinking about tennis. I was just thinking about my family, and thinking about just making it out of that moment. That’s when you realize you have perspectives about life… Ultimately, I’m the one out there and I make my own destiny.'”
Every minute you’re alive is a chance to get it right.