RIP – Lesson From a Friend

do it now

Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do, but for whatever reason you keep putting it off? What stops you?

This morning I read a news article about a pro baseball player, who back in his day made a big name for himself. Now at the age of 76, he recently had the lower half of his left leg amputated. Although I felt sad reading that, I was also happy for him because he was able to live his dream, before tragedy struck. Even with the hard times he will now face, he can look back and smile at the great life he lived, doing something that he loved.

That doesn’t happen for everyone. Recently a friend of mine passed away, suddenly without warning. He was rather young and still had plenty of years ahead of him, we thought. He had dreams too. Two of which he spoke about often. One was for his benefit and the other for the benefit of others. Both made him light up with passion in his eyes and a contagious smile each time he talked about them.

He had big, wonderful dreams for his future. He never got to live either of them. His time ran out. When he died, his dreams died with him.

Our time will run out too.

We only have a short period of time to make our dreams a reality. We never know when that time will end. What we have the ability to do today, may not be an option for us tomorrow. Illness and tragedy can happen at any time and aging happens to us all.

If we have things we want to do, we need to do them now. We shouldn’t procrastinate.

My friend wasn’t in a hurry to follow through with his plans, because he thought he had plenty of years ahead of him. He had no idea that even the dinner party he had planned for the following day, would never happen.

None of us know what tomorrow will bring. If you have the ability to make your dream a reality, do it now. Don’t wait.

Daily Post Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines

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24 Responses to RIP – Lesson From a Friend

  1. Unfortunately it is not all, as we wish to do that is also possible to do today. Then planning can help.

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  2. tric says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend. A sudden death is very shocking.
    It’s almost two years since my friends young boy Daniel died. He was the age my youngest will be this Christmas, 13 almost 14. I live every day grateful I still have my four healthy children, while my friend must get used to having four minus one. There are no guarantees in life except one day it will end.


    • mewhoami says:

      Thank you, Tric and I am also sorry for your loss. Losing someone so young is unimaginable. I can’t even begin to imagine his parents’ pain, nor yours. Sadly, you are right – that is the only real guarantee we have. So we need to make sure that we remember that and live accordingly.


  3. mentalbreakinprogress says:

    Found your post through OM šŸ™‚ Sorry for your loss šŸ˜¦ You bring up something we all tend to forget in the craziness of everyday life….it can be taken away in a second…definitely reminds me to stay in the moment and not let all the fears and insecurities of life get in the way. Thank you for sharing this! šŸ™‚ I look forward to reading more šŸ™‚


  4. MmrliRuddy says:

    Reblogged this on In Between Moderation and commented:
    So true. Makes you think what is holding you back?


  5. I’m sorry for your loss MWAI. And I do understand this. I have only recently in my life given myself permission to do, to explore, to dream and pursue. And it is amazing. I’m sorry your friend didn’t get to see those dreams through.

    Thank you, for sharing this.


  6. That sure put this day into perspective. Great post


  7. Great reminder, none of us are promised tomorrow, living NOW really does matter!


  8. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Wow….a very powerful reminder that life is to be lived! Very sorry about your friend….never an easy thing but somehow even worse when you see that unfulfilled potential for so much more that never was.


    • mewhoami says:

      Yes, you are right about that. As I looked at him during the funeral, all I could think about was all of his dreams that never came to be. It’s very sad. I don’t want to be that way. I want to remember, through the lesson he didn’t mean to teach, that life can end at any moment. Because of that, I need to fulfill my dreams now, not wait.

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  9. April says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. I’m not one to comment much on living your dreams, but I’m certainly working hard to do just that.


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