Death is such a taboo topic and yet we know that we are all going to be faced with it some day. If we are lucky we may only endure our own end, but generally we will glimpse at death through the eyes of our loved ones.
From a young age I have had a front row seat in the path of death and dying. My ticket allowed me to experience that sense of loss and grief that is only felt when someone you love passes on. Has it made me stronger in the eyes of death? Maybe, I am more accepting of its inevitability and it has highlighted my own mortality.
Death has also brought me the gift of life, teaching me to be mindful, grateful and appreciate what is. I choose not to take the people in my life, who I love, for granted. To remember that each moment I spend with them is precious and I make a conscious effort. I don’t equate this with being seen and heard, but by being present when I am with them. I don’t get lost in things that have no meaning, and I readily forgive and forget. I am willing to take chances, to break out of my comfort zone, to try new things, and take a leap of faith. I am not concerned with the quantity of moments I spend with the ones I love but with the quality of each moment we share.
Life is short and this should inspire us to live our life with as much fulfillment and joy as we can. To do the things we put off for another day, now. To take the plunge, to spread love around, to give and receive with open arms, to appreciate our loved ones, to be grateful for what we have and to remember that time waits for no one.
May this inspire you to spend quality time with those you love, to become present for them, remembering that quantity does not equal quality! May you step out of your comfort zone and take flight in the direction of your dreams, because at least this way you will die doing, and may each breath you take be meaningful and purposeful.
Life is short, no matter how many years you get, hence the quality of our life is what will matter in the end.
To live a life that is full of love and inspiration is far more memorable than to live a life that is simply long!
I dedicate this blog to all my loved ones that have passed away, who have walked through the gateway to heaven, to my dearest friend who is currently sitting in the waiting room, and all of us who still have more time to do……….
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