Don't Forget to Live
In the last four years, I have had a few life changing events. My youngest daughter was killed in a car wreck on Thanksgiving Day 2012, my father died in December 2014 just a few days before my birthday. Then this year, I had a heart attack.
After the loss of my daughter, I determined that I would never let life just slip by me again. I've spent a large portion of the last 14 years working away from home in the mining industry. The pay is pretty good; however, I have lost precious time with my family that can never be regained.
I still work away from home. My oldest daughter now has a family with two children of her own. I try to spend as much time with her and them as I can.
The rule is Don't Forget to Live. Don't spend so much time chasing the dollar that we can't enjoy our family and friends. What good is money without family and friends?
I moved back to my home state of Kentucky a few years ago to be near my family. I basically tried to reset my life. So far, it is working out pretty good. My wife and I travel two times a year. Sometimes it is within the U.S. and sometimes we go check out other places.
So far, I have visited two places from my bucket list: Ecuador and Ireland. We are traveling to Aruba this fall. After reading another WA member's profile, I think maybe Puerto Rico next year.
My point is simple: Live life. Take time to spend with family and friends. Prepare for the "rainy days," but don't forget to enjoy life. Don't put things off, you may never get them done.
I have a tendency lately to quote Napoleon Hill, so here is another good one: "Do not wait: the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand....."
Wishing you all great success on the journey. Just don't forget to stop and enjoy the view.
Thank you all for your kind comments and show of support.
A few extra things:
Never miss an opportunity to tell those important to you how you feel.
It never hurts to say " I Love You" until you can't say it anymore.