The past month has been filled with the news of the passing of many of my parents friends and my personal friends parents, more so than any other time in my life. The news of someone losing their life is always so sad, perhaps easier to accept when they have led a long and loving life but always sad and makes me reflective and trying to figure out how I will deal with death as we all know it is one of life’s guarantees.
As both of my parents will shortly be in their 80’s and they are dealing with loss and illness on a regular basis, death seems to be the topic of the week. I can’t imagine how that feels for my parents or someone who is approaching the latter years of life but as I attend different funerals, celebrations of life etc. I think about how I will want to be remembered.
It reminded me of an assignment a friend was asked to complete in University. The instructor asked all the students to write their own obituary. Wow, that’s a little morbid! Seriously though, the assignment wasn’t about death, it was about making sure you were living while you had the chance. What a great assignment to take the opportunity to reflect on your life, your family, your friends, your contributions, your legacy and decide if you are everything you want to be.
Many of us go through life comparing our behind the scenes actions with everybody’s highlight reel. Think about it. We all follow others on Facebook and wish we could do what they are doing. We read in the paper about the accomplishments of others. Seldom to we reflect on ourselves and pat ourselves on the back. What are the things you do that make you and others smile? What are the things you do that others admire and more important that you admire? What is your highlight reel?
Take some time this next week to write your own obituary, be honest, own it. Are you proud of you? Would you be your best friend if you weren’t you? Do you have regrets? Are you living while you have the chance?
You still have time to change if you are reading this! Make your list, create the life you want, be the person you want to be and get out there and share you with the world.