Communicate, It's Now Or Never!
About a month ago, my Mom suffered a massive brain aneurysm. She was rushed to a local hospital, and quickly transferred to a much larger hospital with more specialized care in Boston. After arriving there, she then underwent emergency brain surgery (who knew there was such a thing?). After an agonizing 6+ hours, my sister and I found out she was "OK", meaning she was still alive. She has since then been in a Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, where she has yet to regain consciousness.
Why Am I Telling You This?
I didn't take that opportunity with my Mom. I never told her as an adult how much she influenced me. How, despite everything that happened as a kid and young adult, she has a tremendous impact on who I am now and who I continue to become, and on the values that I hold. Well, that's not entirely true. I told her a week or so ago, as she lay unconscious in a hospital room in Boston. I don't know how much of it, if any, she heard. And I really don't know if I'll ever get the chance to tell her and have her know I'm telling her. And that's why I've shared this story with you..
The Challenge Of A Lifetime
So go do it. Now. Pick up the phone. Drive across town. Do what ever you have to do to make sure that you're able to communicate what you feel with those people in your life that you care about. If you think it's not important, imagine NEVER being able to talk to that person again. EVER. Now go do it. It really is now or never.