What will people say about your life?
We attended a funeral on Saturday, of a very sweet lady, who was plagued by cancer. This disease brought her an early death, but it did not steal her life. She lived more than most people do. When she was younger, she played semi-pro softball. From there, she went on to skydive, repelled down mountain sides, and even tempted alligators in Florida just to get a closer look at them.
As her dying day approached, she was forced to be on oxygen. Not even that could hold her back from living. One month before she passed, she grabbed her oxygen tank, climbed on board a raft and soared along the rushing waters of a Colorado river. With one hand securely fastened to her oxygen tank, the other was stretched out holding an oar high up in the air. She was shouting and laughing; having a great time.
A couple of weeks ago, she had made the comment, “I’m afraid that no one will be there.” (speaking of her own funeral) What a sad, and very inaccurate thought that was. There were many people there and such an outpouring of love for her. People came from across the country to be there.
She was such an inspirational woman. She still is. Her strength and determination will certainly go on in the lives of those who knew her. Although we were heartbroken to see her go, her funeral was not a sad occasion. It was a celebration of her life.
It was also a lesson to all of us, who are still living. How do we live our life? Do we live for tomorrow or for the moment?
Had she lived for tomorrow, she never would have lived. Her life proved that she lived for the moment, and what an amazing life she had.