Thursday, May 26, 2016

Life Is Short: SAY IT NOW

"I don't want to go, but if I die young, fill my empty room with the sun."

Empty Room by Marjorie Fair -

I flipped on the light and my friend died.

That’s how quickly her life ended. She was there, and then BOOM! She wasn’t.

I lost an old friend last week. She was in a very bad car accident, and she was gone on impact. We weren’t in regular contact anymore, but I always valued the memories we had when we were younger. We worked together when we were in college, and she was an absolute light of a person. We went our separate ways, and I was always so proud of her and so happy for the life she had made.

I never told her. I never took the time to tell her that I valued her. I never took the time to tell her how proud I was of her and her children. She was an incredible mom, and I didn’t tell her. I have this awesome thing called a phone, and I didn’t use it let her know how I felt. This amazing thing called Facebook? I didn’t take to two minutes out of my day to message her and tell her that her children are beautiful.

I know it’s cliche, but, ladies, we have to start telling the people in our lives how we feel. We have incredible technology at our fingertips that allows us to be in contact with anyone in the world in a matter of seconds. We have no excuse. Call your mother! Message your best friend from 3rd grade! Make amends with your in-laws. Apologize and own things you’ve done wrong. Do better, be better.

When sitting at my friend's funeral, a relative giving the eulogy said something that was very powerful and something I had never thought of. They said, "I know that when someone dies young, we feel that it is unfair and that there is no way that they have fulfilled their purpose on this Earth. But what if you were called here today to continue their work?"

This hit me like a ton of bricks. I will be doing my best to continue her community work, and I will absolutely never let words go unsaid.

You just never know how long someone will be in your life. Don't take a moment for granted.

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