“Did you use the time I gifted you each day to be a purposeful being? Did you follow your own path and make your time count? How faithfully did you tend to the dream I sowed in your soul?”
The other day, my friend told me about a friend of hers, who had cancer and had unfortunately succumbed to the disease. Listening to my friend speak about this woman, really touched me. She was in her mid 30’s and married for 19 years. Throughout the many years, where she suffered with cancer, she always devoted life to her religion (Jehovah Witness), she cared so much for others, that she often would put their needs in front of her own. In her death, everyone had so many great things to say about the legacy she left behind. What truly captured my heart is the fact that she lived a selfless life. Despite her ailment, she remained defiant in her beliefs and loving to those, around her. She never allowed herself to become a victim, or made anyone feel sorry, for her. In such a short life, she left behind an incredible legacy. I look at my life, and I wonder what incredible legacy, would I leave behind, if any. Death is the only thing, that is certain, in our journey, through life. We put so much importance on insignificant things. Things that we can’t take with us, when we die. We allow ourselves to become angry at people and things that have no baring on our wellbeing. We allow fear to stop us from truly living. No many how many deaths, we may experience in a lifetime, we still tend to take life for granted. Everyday, I want to be reminded of how much of a blessing, it is, to be alive, despite the current events that have plagued so many of us, in recent years. I’m fully aware that crimes, whether locally or foreign, can have a negative affect on how we live. We become fearful of becoming a victim. Afraid to try something new out of fear of failure. Complacent in relationships, out of being alone. Meanwhile, we are unaware when our time, will expire. One of my worst fears is to die today, not being able to travel to Africa, skydive, write a book, see my daughter get married and have children. So many die, so young, that they never get to experience adulthood, and so many of us live past our 40’s and complain about wrinkles and menopause. I want to continue to live my life, for those that never got a chance to live theres. That is my motivation manifesto.