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Life, Self

Reminder: Life is Short and Unpredictable

One morning earlier this week, someone I follow on Twitter asked what people are thankful for. I said I’m thankful for my health. I didn’t know then that would set the theme of the day for me.

My boss asked me to call her, which made me a little nervous, to be honest. I know so many people have lost their jobs recently, so I’d be lying if I didn’t say I thought about it. It turned out she wanted to let me know that one of my coworkers had passed away this weekend. The news really shocked me. I know he wasn’t super young, but he was very healthy.

We weren’t the closest of coworkers, but he was such a nice guy. Before COVID-19, when I had to show up to work in person, he used to always greet me with a smile. We’d chat for a few minutes and then part ways.

As I watched his funeral online I realized that my coworker had a son that looked like he was only 13. I lost my father earlier this year, but I’m an adult. I can’t imagine being so young and losing a parent. The son did his best to comfort his mother as she spoke to the attendees. I couldn’t help be admire his strength.

This event made me think about the many people who’ve lost loved ones this year. It made me think about the loved ones I’ve lost in my life. Every time death enter’s into my sphere of consciousness it reminds me that I really need to make sure to not take anyone for granted.

Each death is a reminder to the living that our time will come eventually, so we should care for those close to us and live while we can.

Sometimes I put off talking to people in my life because I have so many things I’m trying to do. I am trying to get out of my student loan debt, make enough money to buy my first home, and work on my writing. However, you never know when your last chance to see or talk to someone will be. I find it funny sometimes how sure I am that I will have time to spend with loved ones later until I get a phone call reminding me that nothing in life is a guarantee.

Please consider this your reminder. Take a moment for those you care for now while you have the chance. There are many arguments that are just petty and don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Reconcile your differences with people you still want in your life and cherish every moment you have with them.

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