A thousand times this.
(I was writing something just like this in February but Daniel Barden’s father posted this on his son’s Facebook page. Daniel was one of the twenty six killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It’s so beautiful and what I think about everyday. Mark Barden just put it better than I ever could)
We may try not to think about it. But we all know it’s going to happen to us. We don’t know how. We don’t know when. But we know that one day our life is going to end. Our hearts will beat one last time. We will take our final breath. Our eyelids will forever cover our eyes. The blood in our veins will stop coursing through our bodies. Everything about us will become still. Silent. No sights. No sounds. No touch. Everything we wanted to do, we will no longer be able to do. The changes we wish we would have made in our lives and never did, we cannot. All of the words we never uttered to the ones we love; gone is our chance. All of our regrets will remain just that – regrets we took with us to the end. We will have no chance again to love, to laugh, to live. The legacy we leave behind – who we were as a person in the eyes of others – is etched into stone. For eternity. Today, you are very much alive. Live each day like it is your last. Attack each day with kindness, positivity, gratitude, and joy. In the end – in our own end – isn’t that really ALL that matters?