When was the last time you told somebody how much you love them? How much you care about them? What if one day they’re gone before you get to tell them?
Unfortunately, there comes a time in everybody’s life when it is time to pass on. Sometimes, it can be very unexpected.
My cousin, Leon, passed away a number of years ago, as a result of a motorcycle accident. My family was living in Ontario at the time, and him and his family were in British Columbia. Leon had come to visit a few months prior to his death, so we were at least able to see him one last time. It was so unexpected though. I remember my sister and I were in her room upstairs when my mom got a phone call from my aunt. We got the heartbreaking news and we all just burst into tears. We ended up flying to B.C. a few days later for the funeral.
Or how about the women who was eating in a restaurant with her husband, when a concrete chunk tumbled down 17 floors, crashed through the window of the restaurant, and killed her..right there.?? Can you imagine?! That would be absolutely devastating. Her husband was treated for shock, and injuries to his hand, and the couple were from Montreal.
And then there’s little 8-year old Victoria Stafford, from Woodstock, Ontario. (She would now be nine. Her birthday was on the 15th of July.) Her parents last saw her on the morning of April 8, 2009 before she left for school. She didn’t come home from school after it had finished. Her parents waited a few hours before contacting the police. They thought that she might have been with a friend or something. Well, it turns out, surveillance footage from a nearby high school caught Victoria walking away with an unknown woman. The woman was later identified as an 18 year old, now 19 years old. Her and her boyfriend, 28, have been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police have yet to find Tori’s remains, and continue searching the Guelph and Fergus area. I could only imagine how her parents must be feeling. Anger, sadness, loss, distraught, heartbroken.. incomplete. What an awful thing to have happened.
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to go through.
This is my message to everyone:
Appreciate the people that love you, and show them that you care about them too. Tell them what they mean to you, before it’s too late.
Let go of the little grudges and arguments. It’s just not worth it in the end!
Be supportive of their hopes and dreams. Have their back in tough situations, and love unconditionally!
People, for the most part, enjoy hearing compliments as well. Why not make someone’s day by giving them a compliment or two? It’s likely to put a smile on their face!
The thing is though, you really never know what you have until it’s gone. What if you never get the chance to tell someone that you love them? What if you didn’t make someone feel very appreciated, and then it’s too late?
Be open, and be honest. Live life with no regrets.