This week was intended to be dedicated to celebrating Ray on his adoption anniversary. What could be more important than that? An impromptu review of life could do it!
Talking about life is not unusual, but talking about death is taboo to so many people … and yet it is inevitable. It seems to me that a significant difference between someone with a terminal medical condition, and myself, is that they have a better perspective on their life expectancy than I have on mine. I could get killed in a traffic accident this coming weekend, or I could live to see my 80th birthday.
What everyone of us shares, is the fact that our respective lives WILL END at some point in the future. That raises the question of why so many of us are living for “tomorrow”. We are going to do so much “tomorrow”. “One” day I would like to ………..?” “Perhaps tomorrow I’ll call and say hi.”
Whereas my “career life” has been very stable, my volunteer interests have been varied, and I have listened to many people who have expressed regrets about their life. Sadly, those reflective moments so often came at a time when they could do nothing about it. Putting things off until “tomorrow” is doomed to failure because one day … tomorrow is not going to come. A worse case scenario would that tomorrow arrived, but you were in no position to appreciate it.
I was only introduced to Holly Ann Butcher two days ago via a friends Facebook account. If you have not heard of her, she was born in 1990, and died in 2018. She was an Australian young lady who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 26. Shortly before she died, she wrote down her thoughts on life, and those thoughts are now available for all of us to ponder.
I found it an extremely emotional video, and I sincerely hope that you will also be moved. This young lady has left quite a remarkable legacy … a reality check on what should be important to us as we each ponder our own life.