Death is unexpected and can happen in the blink of an eye. Today, my place of work lost someone who we had talked to not too long ago. He was a funny and lively guy, who would always joke around with me whenever we ran into each other. He was only 57 years old. He didn’t know how to swim and, on Sunday, March 25, drowned in the lake. That same day, only 5 years earlier, his wife passed away. No fowl play was determined, but it’s still a great deal to digest. However, sometimes someone’s passing can really put things into perspective.
I know this post will resonate or bring back memories for many of you. If it doesn’t, I know that you can at least appreciate how fleeting our lives are, and the lives of those around us. Only 2 years ago, my fiance was hit by a car and died for at least 20 seconds before they revived him. He still suffers from an injury he sustained in his knee, but it could have been much worse. When I got the phone call from the man who found him, and then talked to my fiance not long after they revived him, it felt so strange. It felt like the world was spinning and I was this close to losing the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. You really never know.
My biggest fear is not really living, and regretting this on my deathbed. So, in honor of Ron, and to all those who have left us at a young age, let’s make a promise to really live our lives to the fullest. Take that trip. Eat that extra slice of cake. Tell that girl you love her. Just live.