Friday, October 28, 2011

Carpe Diem

Yesterday I learned that someone who worked at my organization passed away. The news came as a shock because this person was not that old and she did not have any illness. In fact, she just fell very ill over this past weekend and then passed away.

It really upsets me even more because of the circumstances. Here is a woman who just - JUST - retired. September 30th was when she sent her "good bye" email around the organization. Less than one month ago. And in this farewell email she said that she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and that she is going to make it a point to live life to the fullest. Then she adds a P.S. that says she recently found a quote that expresses exactly what she feels:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Do you see why I am so upset? I was not very close to this person, but it still has me very distressed. Because it is so unfair. She retires and she gets one month?! One month to live her wish to spend more time with her family and live life to the fullest?

I am still trying to figure out what happened. Why did this woman die? Life really blows chunks sometimes. Sure, the "glass half full" way of looking at this is that at least she got that month. Yes. I hope it was a wonderful, magical month. I hope she got her wish to spend time with her family and live life to the fullest for that month.

The universe sending a big, fat, loud reminder message: live life every day to its fullest your loved ones and let them know it...don't put off the things you really, really, really want to do...the byway is very, very scenic so remember to get out there and see it...carpe the hell out of this diem...

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