How The Death Of My Aunt Reminded Me How To Live

A couple of weekends ago, my family said goodbye to one of my aunts. At the funeral, there were countless stories of how my aunt and uncle helped friends and family over the years. So many stories that were new to many of us, but they all had a common theme. Give to love.

My aunt’s backstory had some ups and downs, but it was a full life of laughter and fun.

She lived her life to the fullest, and I truly mean full. The stories, the photos, the experiences of dozens of guests that shared life adventures they had with my aunt and uncle painted a mosaic of living life all out.

My uncle had passed away about a year ago, so losing my aunt the next year made it feel like we just left that funeral home.

In the past year, my aunt really cranked up living. She bought a convertible, went on vacations with friends, saw Bob Seger in a concert in New York (she traveled from Florida to go, so that’s a definition of a true fan.)

So many of us sit on the sidelines, playing victim to what happens in life. Guess what?  Life will have sucky moments. Life will have grand moments. Life will have ok moments.

The key is to live EVERY moment, because you could go into a hospital on a Saturday and pass away 4 days later. Life is splendid and brief.

Hearing all the stories reminded me that as time flies by (1st 6 months of 2019 are gone) I need to be more present on living daily.

Go out there. Go to that concert. Book that trip. Save money for that thing or experience you want. Focus on your life and your health (both physical, spiritual and mental!)

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