Today a friend told me a story.
A woman and her husband just had their first baby. The woman was 35 years old and the baby was one week old. Do you remember when you had a one week old baby? You were sleep deprived, in LOVE with this little human and overwhelmed with parenting demands. The woman and her husband took the baby in for a checkup at the hospital. The doctors made sure the baby was doing well and that momma was doing well. Turns out both were doing great. They drove home and when they were walking inside, the woman fell to the ground and literally dropped dead. The husband started CPR on her but it didn’t work. She was gone. He stood over his wife’s body with a one week old baby in a car seat nearby. An autopsy still needs to be done to determine what exactly happened but they are thinking it was an aneurysm.
Can you imagine? Not only did this young woman lose her short lived life, and this baby lost his mother before she even had a chance to be his mother, but this husband lost his wife and is now left with a one week old baby. He has to figure out work arrangements and finances. He has to learn how to give the baby a bath and start bottle feeding the baby formula. He has to wake up every two hours all by himself, there is no one there to take turns with. He has to listen to the screaming and have no one to talk to about it at 3 am. He doesn’t have anyone to share this journey with. He has to cope with his loss and try to keep it together for his newborn baby. He has to adjust to his new life without the person he loves most. He also has to plan a funeral at the same time.
Bad things happen every single day and tragedy occurs. You never think it will happen to you but guess what? It can.
I just wanted to share this story because I think it’s important to get your priorities straight. Get a life insurance policy. Figure out who will take care of your kid(s) should something happen to BOTH you and your partner, and get it in writing. Keep a binder organized with key information regarding health, finances and other important information. My husband and I still need to do this.
Most importantly, love. Love your family, your friends, your pets, and all people. Spend your time with those you care about. Be honest. Be kind. Play. Do things that make you happy. Do the right thing. Work hard but don’t work too much. Hug your loved ones. Kiss that little baby of yours and snuggle until your arm falls off. I know this is cliche but live like it was your last day on Earth.
Enjoy your life, folks, because it can end before you want it to.