In the last two weeks, both Jenny’s husband and my husband have lost their last grandparent. Needless to say, we both have had some serious gut checks about appreciating those in our lives.
Throughout my life there have been a few very good family & friends that have left us unexpectedly and it has always made me very aware that we never know when our number… or the number of those closest to us, is going to be called.
It sounds so cheesy when you hear people say that you should “appreciate every minute”, but damn it, it is so true. You never know when the one you love so dearly is no longer going to be there.
Hubby and I were chatting about how it isn’t necessarily the loss of the person… it is the void left where they used to reside in your life. That person is no longer there to share with, to laugh with, to call… that place is now empty. That emptiness is the hardest (in my opinion).
So, the basic point of all this is, as cheesy as it sounds – appreciate every minute with your loved ones. You never know how long you have with them. It could be one more day, it could be 50 more years, but do you want to take that gamble that you rushed off the phone with your (insert loved one here) and that was the last conversation you had with them?
Life is too short to get wrapped up in the small stuff, so make sure to open up your heart, love, laugh and enjoy those dearest to you.