Many peoples’ fears center around death and what it means to leave this world and go into the next. My personal fear does not come from losing my own life, but from losing the people I love (much more than my own life) to death. The times I have experienced a loved one dying have caused me to hold on to my family members and close friends just a little tighter in my heart—my hugs got longer and my time with people became more precious.
I wish that I could know ahead of time that I was going to die…that way I could have a chance to say “good-bye” and “I love you” to people. But then I realized, I do know…now that I am going to die. Tonight, tomorrow, next week in 2020 or when I am 80 years old, I am going to die in some form or another. So every day I have on this Earth is a chance to tell those dear to me that I love them in how I act and speak. Then, Lord willing, when I go they will know beyond any doubt how much I care for them.
Do not take the beautiful, amazing people in your story—the people who make your every day brighter and the people who have helped make you who you are—for granted.