We’re not promised tomorrow.
This isn’t about being all #YOLO and taking a lot of risks, not caring about the consequences. I’m talking about truly enjoying life, including the little moments that I’d normally take for granted. The moments like a spontaneous lazy dinner date with my sister last week. Although our plans to watch the Grey’s Anatomy finale failed, we laughed and talked for hours. We caught up on a lot in each other’s lives and I enjoyed every single second. It turns out we have a lot more in common than we ever thought! Not sure how that’s even possible anymore, but we’re constantly being surprised by our similarities! Or moments like spending an entire day inside (yes, even though it was 80-something degrees and gorgeous outside), not changing out of pajamas and watching movie after movie, not caring what time it was or what I had to do.
This past weekend, my Facebook feed was full of prayers and wishes to families whose loved ones passed away – all of them suddenly. And just yesterday, another young lady that I knew in high school passed away, only a short time after her family lost their mother. It breaks my heart to even try to imagine my life without any member of my family. Loss is hard, and it hurts. It’s also inevitable, so while you wake up to yet another day on this earth, thank the Lord for your blessings. Cherish the moments with your loved ones. Laugh a little more. Let go of hurt feelings and bitterness. Life is just too short, friends. Much, much too short.
Life is too short to worry about all of the little, petty things and people that don’t really matter. I’m going to be judged for so many different reasons and on so many different occasions. It’s okay. It’s part of life! I say, bring it on. Because I know how I feel about myself, and through everything, I’m pretty damn proud of where I am today and the woman I’ve become. I’m strong in my faith and am compassionate towards others. I have a heart of gold (not to brag or anything), and if I love you, I love you fiercely. I stick up for those I care about and would go out of my way even just to visit with you or to be a shoulder to cry on over a bowl full of Ben & Jerry’s. Through all of the hurt and pain I’ve experienced in my life, I truly know that it’s made me a stronger person. I don’t know what lies ahead for me, but I know that life is short, and I don’t want it to pass me by without living every second and cherishing every minute.
Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Send a quick text or email to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Or *gasp!* just pick up the phone and call them! Life is too short to pass up opportunities to show love and support for those you love. We never know when your last day will be the last.
What have you been putting off that you should make time for? What’s your favorite way to show your loved ones that you appreciate them?
And this could not have come at a more perfect time…my girl Brittany from Everyday Thoughts has declared this Friday, May 23rd to be PHONE-FREE FRIDAY! Take the pledge. It could save a life…maybe even your own! Read all about why she started it here. I’m totally pledging!
Do you get distracted by your phone while driving? Will you take the pledge?