Life Lessons

Life Is Uncertain

Life is uncertain. It is hard to believe that someone I just saw, on Saturday, passed away three days later. Just three days.

At a party this past weekend, I saw an older gentleman from a distance. I didn’t speak with him, and I don’t know him. I do remember seeing him and thinking he looked frail, but I didn’t think anything of it.

I learned that he passed away yesterday.

He had been sick, but somehow managed to travel several hours to North Carolina to attend a weekend event. An event he really wanted to be at, and probably willed himself to live long enough to attend.

The human spirit is amazing.

The human spirit is quite amazing. We have the strength inside us all to overcome the impossible, accomplish our dreams, push through a challenge, live to attend a family gathering.

This story reminds me of the fragility of life. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We don’t know what will happen to us, good or bad. We don’t know what our future holds.

All we can do, is put one foot in front of the other, and try our best to continue to move forward. This man lived up until the very end of his life. He was courageous enough to travel, even when his health wasn’t optimal, to do something he really wanted to do. He made the most of the time he had.

I hope he had an amazing weekend spending time with people who meant a lot to him. May he rest in peace.


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  • Thank you for noticing and writing about this, Dara. It was an amazing gift for us having him here and for his children knowing that he got to do what he wanted, celebrating a joyful family event.