I was working on a post for this week's Wednesday Word: cautious. I'm not, by nature a cautious person, and I was struggling with this post a little bit. I was going to write about pushing through a tough race, leaving it all on the course. That's how I roll.
But then something happened.
My colleague, a nurse practitioner with whom I share an office lost her husband this week. She woke up to get ready for work, and found him unresponsive. He was young, healthy and his passing was completely unexpected.
Can you even imagine?
Once again, life gives me a reality check.
What if today was your last day?
What would you do differently? Is there anything you'd want to do?
We all joke about having a bucket list. At least I do...although it's no joke to me.
I'm in my 50s, and I'm starting to think about my mortality. I'm not being morbid. I'm being realistic. We only get one trip around the sun. So I say, no regrets. I want to leave this life knowing that I did everything I wanted to do. And I want to be remembered for that. Yep, "she lived life to the fullest."
Yet, many of us live a life of fear.
"I can't do that...I might get hurt...I can't afford it..."--qualifying for Boston, running Big Sur, going to Hawaii...retiring on a lake in Wisconsin. You can probably name other things. These are my current bucket list items.
You're right. You might get hurt. You might go broke. And then again...you might not.
Life's too short.
Take the trip. Run the race. Buy the house. Love more. Live more. Chase your dreams. Appreciate what you have.
At the end, who's keeping track? There are no prizes for having the cleanest house...the biggest bank account....sure, people might remember that stuff, but is it important?
What do you want people to remember about you? What's important to you?
Me, I want people to say that I wasn't afraid of a challenge. That I did big things because I didn't let my fears slow me down. Life's too short to be cautious.
I'll tell you, once again, this word prompt hit home for me. Are you cautious? What's on your bucket list?
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