Last night I got one of those phone calls everyone dreads getting in the middle of the night: an emergency happened to a family member :(
Turns out my uncle – who’s been in and out of the hospital for years with heart problems – was finally on his last legs and was expected to pass any time over night. My mom had called us kids to shoot him a call one last time and say goodbye, so we promptly did so and it was one of the weirdest/ hardest calls I’ve probably had to make.
What do you say to someone who’s about to pass into the next world? I’ve never had the chance to actually say goodbye before someone was leaving (my grandparents passed in their sleep), so needless to say it was pretty surreal. All I tried to do was get him to laugh one last time and let him know how much we love him and that we’ll be seeing him again one day soon (even though he says he’ll be down below while we’re above, haha.. he was quite the trouble maker back in the day ;))
The next day my parents flew out there in hopes of catching him one last time before the inevitable, and not only did they get to do that and say their goodbyes in person, but they found out something even more amazing: HE WASN’T DYING!!!! Apparently they had a new on-call doctor on the scene who mistakenly read his signs wrong and thus setting off the panic and sadness. So while he’s still, indeed, deteriorating due to his bad heart unfortunately, they’re now saying he’ll actually have a full year or so left until it’s time to worry again. Incredible!
The reason I’m telling you all this? MAKE SURE YOU’RE LIVING YOUR LIFE!
I know we all want to rock it out and be wildly rich beyond our dreams, but at the end of the day money is the last thing we probably care about when it’s time to go. Yes it’s important to pay attention too, and yes you want to have stuff in place in case an emergency hits (just ask my poor friend Ashley who recently lost her father AND had to deal with messy finances on top of it all), but really it’s all about feeling like you’ve lived a happy and rewarding life. At least from what I gather… If that changes, and there’s blogging in the after-life, I’ll be sure to confirm back ;)
All I know is that right now my uncle appreciates life more than anyone. To be told you’re dying in a matter of hours, and then get a 1 year extension is beyond comprehension to me.
What would you do with an extra year of your life???
What can you do NOW while you (hopefully) have many more left than that??
Are you happy?
Personally, I’m gonna take the day off from obsessing about money like I do, and reflect on some of those questions instead. I really don’t wanna wake up one day (my LAST day) and feel like I haven’t lived any! It may be time to update that ol’ bucket list while I’m at it too.
What a turn of events…
(Photo by Lel4nd)