Eat Dessert first!
Ok, it's a pithy comment from a poster.. but I just heard news that reinforced the wisdom hidden behind the laugh...
Growing up our families were about as close can be without living under the same roof. Elaine was the baby of the families while I was near the front of the pack. There were several years between us. Still she may as well have been a sister. Then their family moved to the opposite coast and we probably haven't seen each other in 30 years.
I learned today she recently died of breast cancer leaving a husband and 2 youngin's. She had not yet turned 40.
That's too young to die. Heck, I'm several years older and I'm still to young to die!
Take some time to think about what you'd really like to do this life. Make a list of things you want to do before you die. If need be lock yourself in the bathroom. Devise a plan to accomplish those goals. Then execute that plan! Do not put it off, thinking there will always be tomorrow.
There are far too many ways to check out early in this life: hit while crossing the street; a lightning strike, hit by a baseball at a game. Doing business at the wrong bank at the wrong time.
Want to see the Grand Canyon (see above), Alps, Sierras, Urals, Mt Rushmore, the Pyramids or Sphinx? Make a plan today.
Want to see the Aurora borealis, Southern Cross, Green Flash or a tornado? Make a plan today
Want to learn to fly, skydive, fish, ski, or drive a race car? Make a plan today.
Want to see our nation's capitol? The Indy-500? Old Faithful, New year's eve in Times square? Make a plan today.
Want to reunite with an estranged loved one, a long lost friend, a high school sweetie? Make a plan today(but accept "no" as an answer - don't be a stalker.)
Spend time with your children (or grand children). Take them fishing, sailing, or shooting (start out small caliber please!) Ride bikes, shoot hoops, throw a ball. go skiing, skating, or candlestick making (ok, a stretch but you get the point). Make a plan today. Do not put it off until tomorrow.
Then EXECUTE that plan!
(Oh, and if/when you complete the first list... Thats no time to rest on your laurels. Repeat the process!!! Set new goals and set out to conquer those goals! repeat until unable. While you're contemplating such unpleasantries, make sure you have a will or trust in place as well)