I met someone yesterday. She was a sweet old lady that lived every second of her life. I asked her daughter to tell me a little about her so I could know her better. She pointed to a picture on the wall. I saw two people zip lining in the woods. When I looked a little closer, I realized it was that little old lady laying in the bed. She went zip lining for the first time in her life right after her 92nd birthday. I couldn’t help but wish my own kids would tell similar stories about me as I reached the last few days of my life. She is amazing, courageous and smart enough to not let age ever hold her back. I hope to be just like her. What about you?
My hospice patient died today. I only met him once but I can still feel his firm grasp on my hand and the way he pulled me close and told me to take care of myself as I was leaving. We had a moment. a pause in time to stand there looking at each other. A moment to say I see you and you are important to me. I never expected that last Tuesday would be the first and last time we would ever meet. I remember him waiting for his daughter. That is what we do in life…we wait. We wait to grow up. We wait to graduate and go to college. We wait to get the perfect job and meet the person we are meant to spend our lives with. We wait to have kids and then we wait for them to move out. We wait for phone calls that never come. We wait to have enough money to visit a person we love. We wait for the right time to go on the vacation we have always dreamed about. We wait for our daughter to visit in the nursing home and finally we wait to die.
How many minutes do you spend waiting a day? A year? A lifetime? Don’t wait anymore. Do it today. Make it happen. Pick up that phone. Buy that plane ticket. Go on that vacation. Enjoy your life and love with your entire being. Feel each breath you take and be grateful for every minute you have. Don’t wait anymore. Death is inevitable and it doesn’t always wait until you’re ready. Love, forgive and live today, right now, in this moment. This moment is all you ever have.