I’ve written about him before, both here on the blog and in some social media posts. It’s about a man that I’ve had great admiration for, someone who lived the lifestyle that I talk about – full of love for family, daily exercise and old fashion work. The person I’m talking about is my father-in-law, who worked out daily, still drove a car & lived alone at 93, valued his family greatly, and sadly transitioned from this world in the middle of February.
People ask me if it was expected, and it’s not the easiest thing to answer – so I basically say both yes and no. He was 93 years old, so it’s not surprising, but it wasn’t expected because he seemed okay. He was driving a car & having dinner with two of his children on his last day (he had 8 children, my husband being the youngest one). He didn’t have dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, or any other disease that we know of. Sure, he was slowing down, but you could still have a conversation with him. We all thought he would live longer, we thought or hoped we had a few more years with him. But sadly enough, less than 24 hours after that “last dinner”, my brother-in-law found him sleeping on the couch, no longer breathing. We hope it was peaceful. It’s so sad to think about what happened, to wonder why and how. And I remind myself he was 93. He lived a long life.
And I think of my parents, who have both already passed from this world. Their final days and years were a struggle. And that was hard. Really hard. I don’t know what is worse, seeing someone slowly change and leave this world, or finding someone suddenly gone. It’s never fair and it’s never easy.
I don’t want this blog to be all about death, I want it also to be about life. What are you doing with that “dash” between your life? You know, someone lives 1929-2022, what happens in that dash between those numbers? Family, children, work, hobbies? We only have so long in this world, we all should do our best to make the most of it. Love others. Spend time with others. Work hard and enjoy what you do. Find hobbies that you can enjoy and take time to do them. Make memories. Smile every day. Exercise and eat well. Make that a priority. The more you take care of your body as you grow old, the better growing old will be. The body relies on exercise and movement, so do that regularly. The body can still create new cells eating french fries, but it makes healthier cells (and a healthier body), by eating protein, vegetables, fruits and drinking lots of water. And remember that the nervous system is what controls EVERYTHING in the body, so taking care of your nervous system, with specific chiropractic adjustments, allows your body to function better. And better function can lead to optimal health. And optimal health is a good thing.
Don’t ever take life for granted. Appreciate what you have. And in this day, FIGHT for what you have. I believe the Freedom Convoy is underway across the USA, and I for one, am all for that convoy. We need to fight for that freedom. If you don’t, maybe you won’t be able to have that last dinner with your kids, or go to the gym, or grow old by your own choice. The choice is ours and the time is now. Fight, be strong, live well.