It's never easy to lose a loved one. It's especially difficult when you have to say goodbye to a person as remarkable as my Grandpa White. After battling health problems for the last couple years, he passed away last week. At the funeral, many people (including his own brother) commented on how they never...and I mean never... heard my grandpa utter an unkind word about anyone. I kept thinking what a beautiful legacy that is to leave behind. Always seeing the best in people is certainly something we can all strive to do in our own lives.
For me, moments like these always act as a wake up call. It's cliché to say that life is short, but after saying goodbye to my grandpa, it's hard not to acknowledge that our days are truly fleeting. It reminds me how important it is to take chances in life, to pursue things we're passionate about, to forgive easily, laugh often, and tell people how much they mean to us. I know that I have room for improvement in all these areas of my life. Fear of making a mistake can sometimes hold me back. I hope to teach Brody that it's ok to learn from mistakes and go after what moves him in life.
Aside from it being a tough week for my family, I've discovered the whole concept of death and heaven is particularly hard to explain to a 3-year-old. We prepped Brody before the funeral. He asked a lot of questions, and we were relieved that he didn't seem scared. Still, if any of you parents out there have any pointers in this area, please send them my way.
I'll wrap up with one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."