Last week a friend of mine died in a horribly tragic accident. She was a warm caring woman who left behind two little boys and a husband. Her sudden death shocked all of us. She was in the prime of her life with everything ahead of her, everything to live for.
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about what my last thoughts on this Earth would be about if I knew I was going to die. My family came to mind first and how sorry I would be to leave them. But I also wondered about my dreams, about what I’ve accomplished in my life so far, about whether I’m satisfied with what I’ve done.
Thinking about all of this had made me realize a few things. I need to enjoy my time with my family more. I need to stop worrying so much about day to day life, like whether I’ll get dinner ready on time, whether everyone had clean clothes to wear, and whether the house is clean. I need to enjoy take the time to read more with my girls, play checkers with them, go for walks, read books, have a glass of wine with my husband. I need to enjoy day to day life more.
As for my dreams… I’ve decided I need to prioritize my writing time. I don’t get much time on the computer and the little I do must be prioritized. The majority of it must go to writing my stories, not facebook, twitter, blogging or other social media. That’s not my thing. My dream is to write fiction and while I know I must have a web presence, I also have to be true to myself. I’m going to write my stories and if I have left over time… then I’ll worry about how many twitter followers I have.
On the whole, this past week I’ve realized that I need to live life. Not just survive it. We all need to live life while we can. Yes, it might sound trite, but it’s also completely true. We can’t wait on our dreams, or our life. We can’t bemoan yesterday, or wait for tomorrow. We need to grab life today and wring everything we can from it.
If you have a couple of minutes I suggest you watch this video of a Britain’s Got Talent audition. It’s a few years old but it’s a good one. Totally inspirational.
I hope your week is filled with joy, creativity and an overabundance of ideas. Carpe Diem.