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Enjoy Your Life

A sad weekend, and shocking news Sunday morning. I was out running errands when I checked email and found out a friend had been killed in a plane crash on Saturday afternoon. He was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, someone who I have gotten to know quite well, our kids have played together, and we’ve camped at various events together, sharing lots of cooking duties and conversations. He was one of the people I know very well from Scouts. My heart goes out to his family, who were present at the airfield when the plane crashed. I couldn’t imagine being there to see my spouse die.

I was in a bit of a daze yesterday morning, and tired to work through the day, helping them to enjoy an Easter holiday, but it was hard. Tia and I talked about it quite a bit, and were both grateful and thankful for all we have.

A few days earlier, I had watched this short piece from a man that survived the Hudson River crash last year. It’s worth 5 minutes of your life, and it resonates with me, more so than it did last week.

Three things I learned while my plane crashed

 

My wife and I have talked bout dying a few times, and being prepared. I have lived a great life, and I’m comfortable with experiencing and achieving so much in my 43 years on Earth. I don’t want to die, and I’d like to see my kids grow up and have families, but I think I’ve had a great life so far with few regrets.

I’d like to do more things in my life, and I’d like to go places and experience new things. I invest for the future, in different parts of my life, but I seek to enjoy myself as much as I can each day. I strive for a balance.

My editorial today talked about my loss, and tried to remind people that life is short. We should look for that balance, and enjoy our lives as much as we can. As mentioned in the video, don’t try to be right as often as you try to be happy. If you want to improve a part of your life, whether that’s family, career, or something else, start taking the steps to make that improvement. It might take time, but today is the first day of the rest of your life, and it’s a good time to start going in the direction you want to go.


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Comments

Posted by Martin Catherall on 25 April 2011

yep, well worth 5 minutes of your life. The link didn't play on m PC but I assume that is is this - blog.ted.com/.../3-things-i-learned-while-my-plane-crashed-ric-elias-on-ted-com

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 25 April 2011

That is unfortunate news.  My wife and I have done a similar thing from time to time.  I am in the same boat - I really would like to see my kids grow up and to be there for them.

Posted by Glenn Berry on 26 April 2011

Very sad news about your friend. That crash made the news, and it looked like it was not that far from your ranch.

Posted by Steve Jones on 26 April 2011

Thanks everyone.

The airpark is about 2min north of me, and I am glad that I wasn't at the event. That is one experience I could do without.

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