My final request.
Earlier today I wrote my will.
Actually, it was an email I wrote to my parents, my managers and my best friend. The email was titled, “My Final Request” and entailed what to do in case I was unable to manage my business.
God…I didn’t think it would have this overwhelming emotional and motivating impact on me. My eyes are still welting as I write this blog post. Well, here are the pieces of the email that matter…
No I’m not sick or expecting anything to happen to me. I expect to live fully long after all of you! No, I’m not going to vanish one day - but if I do, I’ll be in Mexico ;) I just want to be prepared for worst case scenario. If anything were to ever happen to me that would prevent me from operating my businesses - please follow these instructions.
Please embrace that nothing lasts forever. Life is too short to stress over the small stuff. Life is too long to be hard on yourself or the ones you love. Be patient and forgive quickly. Life is perfect if you see it that way. To be happy, simply live with an open mind and love with an open heart. Do this each and every day. Forget the past (it’s no longer here) and don’t worry about the future (it may never come). Be present in all that you do because it’s in the moments we are present that we truly live.
Always remember how far we have come and the good times we shared. I’m proud of who you are and I hope I’ve made you proud. My life was so much better because you were in it - far greater than I could ever put in words. Thank you for giving me so much of your love. You’re with me always.
You will see me again in the next life…I promise to find you. And if you continue to be stuck with me in this life, let’s make the most of it together. I love you.
Advice: Writing instructions for your loved ones to follow after you pass is profound. It put a lot into perspective for me. Mainly what and who is important and what and who is not important. It also left me with a MASSIVE sense of peace and relief. Peace knowing that if something prevented me from saying my goodbyes, I have already left these thoughts with the people I care most about. Relief knowing that there is hope I can take care of these people after I’m gone. I HIGHLY suggest you consider doing the same. The more serious you take it, the greater affect it will have on you..and your loved ones. Don’t be afraid to be out of character, to build bridges, to forgive…this may be your only chance!
Secondly, take your own advice and take action! Stop living to work and start working to live. Put your resources where your priorities are…more on this in a later post.