At the beginning of 2019, my company’s CEO had a massive heart attack and died. He was 61 and the picture of great health. I didn’t see, but apparently they were doing CPR on him as they took him to the ambulance on the gurney. I got the email telling us what happened the next day.
A group of us went to the visitation. I saw a lot of current and former employees and the line was long. I don’t think I’d ever waited two hours to get through a visitation line before. It was obvious he meant a great deal to a great many people.
He was an inspirational man and a gentleman. I didn’t really know him, but I’m glad our paths crossed as often as it did.
Today I turn 51 and I’m certainly thinking more and more about my own future. I’m lucky my parents are still living and in good health. My Dad just turned 74 and my Mom turned 69 at the end of last year. I could lose them at any time. Personally, I could get hit by a bus a few hours from now and that’d be it too. Death is a part of life.
We all go about our days as if it isn’t. We have an infinite number of days ahead of us to do all the magical things in the someday. But we really don’t.
If anything the deaths of family, friends, cultural icons, and community leaders teach us we have a limited time on this earth. Don’t put off that dream trip. Tell the girl or boy you love them. For me (and maybe you too), I’m going to hug my loved ones and tell them how much they mean to me.
One of my someday projects was writing a novel. I’ve got a collection of other writing I want to compile and publish first, but writing a novel is the dream. It seems within reach. Plus, as the saying goes “I’m not getting any younger.”
I have goals and deadlines, but life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans.
If I’m lucky enough to be on my deathbed in the far, far, far future, I don’t want to have any regrets. I want to have pushed off from the shore and maybe not played it so safe. I don’t want to look back at “should ofs” and “what ifs.”
The great someday doesn’t exist. Not really. So, the time is now.
What are your some days that you aren’t going to put off anymore?