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I don’t know why, but anytime a young celebrity dies, it shakes me a little bit. I usually follow the news surrounding their death in the days following. A few really stick out in my head, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Amy Winehouse, James Gandolfini, and now Paul Walker.
It’s not that I’m a big fan or get star struck, I just feel like I know them from seeing them so much in their movies or on television.
Seeing a young person who has everything going for them to just suddenly die reminds me of just how precious life is.
On occasion I will see the recent deaths for the U.S. military, the ages of these kids is shocking, 18, 19, to maybe 22 years old on average; it’s just a horrible thought to see someone with so much life and living potential to die so early in life.
I think it’s good for all of us to reflect on our own lives regularly.
Ask yourself…Are you living the life you want to live? If today were your last day, would you be happy?
If your answer to these questions is no, then what are you going to do about it?
I don’t have the answer for you, but I can give you some very good advice…Don’t live someone else’s life, set out your own path and enjoy every moment you have.
Today I am planning what will probably be our new daughter’s (due April 27th) first big family vacation. I really like the idea of going on an extended vacation every year with my family, creating memories with my wife and kids and being able to have that special bonding time.
This year we traveled to Hawaii for a 20 day vacation and Orlando for 21 days immediately followed by a quick trip to the Caribbean for 7 days. I’m a total beach person and just love the ocean, but not just any ocean, I love these tropical places where the water is warm like a bath and crystal clear like a pool.
I would like to do another Hawaii trip next year, maybe island hop or rent a beach house for a few weeks followed up by a nice resort. My wife and I have invited friends and family to join us. I’ve always been jealous of seeing people on vacation with their extended family and friends and would love to do that with my loved ones. I picture us sipping wine on the beach and barbecuing some amazing sunset dinners.
Scheduling good times is almost as fun as actually arriving at the destination. No matter where you are in life, I encourage you to make it a point to spend un-interrupted quality time with those you love, whether it’s at home or a resort, just be sure to take your time.