This week has been one of those weeks where unexpected events take place that smack you in the face and knock you off centre. A vibrant teenage boy is struck by lightening and killed on a beach. A vivacious and determined young woman chooses to die with dignity. A fit and healthy grandmother’s unexpected death takes everyone by surprise.
I didn’t know any of these people personally. They were people who were close to people who are close to me… or in the case of Brittany Maynard, someone well known through her public profile as an advocate. Their premature deaths all affected me however. The pointlessness of their dying ‘before their time’ saddened, angered and frustrated me.
And as I struggled to process the feelings I was having and while I was trying to work out what their passing meant to me (someone who didn’t even know these three beautiful strangers!), Brittany Maynard’s comments from her final weeks hit home:
“The reason to consider life and what’s of value is to make sure you’re not missing out. Seize the day. Find what’s important to you, what do you care about, what matters – pursue that, forget the rest.”
A wake up call! We may have all the time in the world on this planet, or we may not. Lets take Brittany’s advice and not waste a second of it working in jobs we hate, putting up with friendships that make us unhappy, persisting with activities that we don’t enjoy…. Let’s live lives that fill us with joy and that we are proud of.