Our family has experienced two very sudden and tragic deaths in a very short period of time this summer. Events that came so out of the blue that they almost didn't seem real, at first. Stark reminders that we aren't promised tomorrow, and that life really is as short as we've always heard.
Something that, as children, we are often blissfully unaware of, but that increasingly weighs on our mind as we get older, and especially for us parents I believe. It's easy to go on thinking that we have all the time in the world to get to the things we've been meaning to do while waiting for the perfect chance and perfect timing. Even when, deep down we know that isn't true. Because the truth is, we only have right now to do the things that matter most to us.
So I'm asking you, dear friends, just what exactly are you waiting for? Believe me, I know how busy life can be and how easy it is to fall into the trap of always waiting for that perfect opportunity to do whatever it is you've been putting off, truly I do understand.
When things slow down at work... When the kids are just a bit bigger... When we finally... Just as soon as...
Those all sound a bit familiar don't they? I know they certainly do to my own ears. But the truth is, we cannot keep waiting for everything to finally be perfect. It's time to start living NOW. Right now, right where we are and with everything around us. It's time to put the focus back on what truly matters. Time to have that late night tea party, to put off those dishes and go play in the rain, to write that letter you've been meaning to send to a loved one...do it now. Stop waiting for the perfect opportunity, or you just might realize it has passed you by.
I know that you know this, we all do really, it's just that sometimes we all need a good reminder. I've had mine, and please consider this yours.