Sunday, February 10, 2008

"Some day..."

My neighbor, Dianne, passed away on Friday while snorkeling in Mexico. She was a world traveler, and when I say that, I mean it in an extreme way. She was 57 years old and spent every chance she got traveling to all corners of the world, including China, South America, Iceland, Australia, the Galapagos Islands, etc. In her lifetime, she saw more than probably 20 of us combined, and when she wasn't traveling, she was spending time with her family and giving back to her community through volunteerism. I think she's lucky in a way; she died doing what she loved. She wasn't riddled with cancer or sitting on a couch saying, "Some day I'm going to...." She was living her "some day."

I wonder if I died today, would I have any regrets? I don't think so, honestly. I try to live every day like it was my last when it comes to relationships, for example. When my dad died, I felt at peace. When Mr4444's dad died, no regrets there, either (my last words to him were, "I love you.") Sure, I could get to Hawaii one of these days, but I don't think I would have serious regrets if I passed away before making it there. I would like to write a book some day, but that's not what I'm talking about; I'm talking about things that make you feel complete and allow you to live a fuller, richer life and fill your heart with peace.

I hope that if you gave a "some day" you make that day today, or at least put it on the calendar. Don't put off that career, that diet, those feelings you've been wanting to share, or that trip you've been putting on hold; live your "some day" today. Dianne did, and I'm pretty sure she does not regret it.


  1. Sorry about your friend...wonderful tribute to her with your post.
    it's about today not tomorrow or yesterday.
    that's why I have my good table cloth and real dishes on the table (not paper plates)for my 17 year olds birthday dinner.
    I'll savor every minute.

  2. Ugh. You just had to say something about the diet, didn't you? :)

    This post strikes a cord with me as it seems I have lived my life waiting for the conditions to be just right to do such-n-such and I have nothing to show for it.

    I am sorry for your loss but it is wonderful thinking of it as her passing doing something she loves.

  3. Sorry about your neighbor. This post is a good reminder of how we should live though. Thanks!

  4. I am sorry about your friend.

    Do you have any dreams you are putting off? Will this inspire a big project in your life?

    There are SO many things I would love to do, but sometimes it is a timing issue...

  5. You have such a lovely sense of purpose, wonderful aunt. I can hardly think of anyone who I would say lives their life with their heart as open and generous as you.

  6. Sorry to hear about your neighbor. I dn't have any words other than to say I'm sorry and just remember, she loved and was loved.

  7. Hmmm, I will be 57 soon and just came back from snorkling in Hawaii! I too love travel, but like you I value trying to squeeze out all the love and livin I can each day with family and friends. They all grow up so fast. Tomorrow will be my last day of watching my 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 yr. old granddaughters 20 hours a week since '06. I will still see them about 3-4 hours a week, but I am glad that I had the chance to invest in their lives before they went to preschool etc... It wasn't easy keepin up with all that energy at times, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Enjoy the rest of the week with your awesome family and students! Love, your oldest wisest sis... :)

  8. My grandmother died in December and it's really hit home with me that I need to enjoy each day of my life. Of course, she was 92, but it did give me an appreciation that I don't think I had so much before.

    I'm sorry about your friend passing away.

  9. Oh, I'm so sorry. But, yes, what a wonderful reminder to live life to its fullest while we can.

  10. I'm sorry to hear about your friend-- but I'm glad she died in a manner suiting her wonderful whirlwind of a life!


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