People always tell you to cherish those that you love, because you never know when something might happen to them. You know it’s true but let’s face it, we’re young and indestructible. Not all of us have had the experience in life to know how important it is. It’s a lesson that I learned a dozen years ago.
12 years ago today I was building a house down south in Jupiter Florida. I can picture the day; it was stifling hot as I crawled through the wooden beams. At some point during that day in late July I received a phone call. There were no pleasantries. I simply heard “there’s been an accident, we lost Dallas.” My little brother was killed in a training accident during his first week at a new job.It’d been about a month since I had seen him. I left home to pick up some work in South Florida. He stayed in Orlando working as an EMT and a volunteer firefighter. In his position, he was the first responders on every accident scene. Just moments before I left for Jupiter, he reminded me that he had seen his fair share of tragedy.
I remember as clear as today, Dallas walking to my car, reaching his entire body through my window and buckling my seat belt. His last words to me were “You have to be safe. I love you brother.” My last words were” I love you too.”
We never really think about life without the people we love most. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in work and play. We get caught up in the day-to-day and forget to tell them how we feel. We see them every day, in good times and bad. They may sleep in the bed next to us, be a room or a phone call away but we “know” that they’re always there. It becomes expected. It becomes way too easy to take them for granted.
Make a change.
If there is one thing you could do for me on this anniversary it would be this; look at the people around you. How do they make you feel? Can you imagine your life without them? If you can’t, tell them, hug them, kiss them, and show them that you love them. How important would it be that last words they ever heard from your lips were “I love you too.”