Today, I am writing this blog with a heavy heart. A friend, and wonderful soul that I have come to know in the past 10 years suddenly passed away. He was a staple in the local triathlon and running community for many years, always had a smile on his face, and was tough as nails. It is always hard when someone you know well passes away, but that much more difficult when it's so unexpected. I try and think these experiences happen in our lives to bring us perspective - perspective that life is fragile, never take one day for granted, and to live life to the fullest with no regrets.
To live life to the fullest does not mean to be reckless however. I believe we still have a responsibility to take care of this body and the life we are blessed to have been given. Does this mean by doing so we are guaranteed a long and healthy life? Of course not, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Take care of the body you have been given, and be thankful every day you have the opportunity to do so.
I believe that living with the regret of not doing something has to be one of the most painful things you can experience. In many cases as we get older our body naturally breaks down. Some of that isn't within our control, but so much of it is. Rather than find ourselves in a situation where it's too late because we've let it go too long, let's commit to doing what we can today to take better care of ourselves. Let's not wait any longer. Let's not leave life to chance. Get out and live life to the fullest, however that looks like for you, but don't live with regret.
Travel the world. Experience different cultures. Conquer a fear. Do that race you have wanted to do. Spend time with your loved ones. Smile often. Laugh every day. Don't take yourself too seriously. Most of all just live YOUR life on YOUR terms.
I will leave you with this...
In life, it is always people and experiences that matter most.
They will stay with you forever...not things.
LIVE well. BE well.