My hubby and I cleaned out an old dresser this morning so that we could donate it to the church rummage sale. Inside, I found something that made me go back and look at some emails my cousin had sent me back in 2006. Apparently, back then we were discussing her coming out for Christmas (she lives on the East Coast and is an only child, so we are very close cousins as she used to live in California). She said she couldn’t swing it that year, but maybe the next year. And of course, every year was the same story. She never came out for Christmas.
The last real communication I had with her that I know of (it’s possible we texted or instant messaged on Facebook) was January 28, 2010. On February 2, 2010, she had a massive stroke. She is still with us, but she is not the same. Though she is able to walk and feed herself and swallow again, she is still not able to communicate or talk very well at all. And there is probably no way that she will ever be able to come out and join us for Christmas. I have not given up all hope, but it occurred to me as I read those old emails that sometimes you have to just do things, regardless of whether it’s the best time or you have the money. Sometimes you have to just do them, because next year or even tomorrow may never come. So, if there’s something you really want to do in your life and you’re offered the opportunity, do your best to find a way to do it. Don’t wait for a tomorrow or a next year or another time that may never come. Plan for tomorrow, but live for today.