Today's Thankful Friday post is a little somber. I called my parents at lunch like I do every day. But instead of our usual banter and lightheartedness, I found out that my uncle who has been battling cancer is deteriorating rapidly and will likely pass within days. To add to an already sad situation, we also found out today that my dad's niece has an aggressive form of breast cancer- she is only 29. In the wake of all this bad news, I'm flying home tomorrow to be with and support my family. I couldn't in good conscience be 2,000 miles away at a time like this.
So in spite of the tragedy that seems to be looming over my family right now, I am thankful. Thankful for the health of the rest of my relatives. Thankful for the wellness of my friends and colleagues. Thankful to work with people who have stepped up and relieved me of my professional duties so that I can be with loved ones during a dark hour.
I'm posting this for the sole purpose to remind us all that life is short and that we can't take people for granted. So if you haven't already done so today, pick up the phone and tell your family you love them. Tell your friends what they mean to you. Don't let a day go by without doing so, because you never know what can happen tomorrow. Relish in every day and opportunity you're given. Don't let moments pass you by. Live life to the fullest, work hard, and have a damn good time doing it.
Thanks to everyone for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. Now go give someone a hug and call that person you've been meaning to.