A few nights ago I was speaking to a life long friend in Canada and he told me that unfortunately he had to attend a funeral this weekend for a colleague who retired two years ago. The gentleman was 58. Imagine … 58. I recall once years ago on a flight to Canada a beautiful lady sitting next to me told me of her husband who died months after he “packed-it-in” at the office. He spent his life working incredibly hard with the occasional holiday and a plan that he would see the world with his wife when he retired. Another friend of mine passed away last year at the age of 30 from Cancer (no warning).
I think the oldest most over used clichés in our lives are actually the truest and the most important which is why they are so overused. Cliché’s like “live each day as if it were your last” or “you can’t take your wealth with you when you pass”. Perhaps this is why I feel such an incredible satisfaction from what I am about to do.
I know some people will say, “Well you are one of the lucky ones”. But here is the interesting part … I started with nothing years ago and never had a penny help from my family. I was kicked down by many and told that I would not make my dreams come true. There were plenty of “haters” and I always kept true to myself and carried forwards and onwards usually with a smile. Times are different right now with the economy but that is just another challenge which lets face it … life is full of.
I am at the airport and experiencing the best people-watching environment there is in my opinion. Everyone is so different and all have somewhere to be and it is cool they need to be somewhere several thousand miles away from this place in the coming hours. I feel privileged to be part of the energy and the life force that is flowing through these gateways to the far ends of the planet. This moment means more to me than any possession. Sitting relaxed with a drink in an airport lounge, and in my hand … Boarding Pass BA245 – SEAT 2A – LHR – EZE – 21:40.