The memorial service was short, but then the mic was opened to talk about Mike...
People queued up and starting sharing story after story.
One gentleman even focused his tribute on "I want to be like Mike."
I sat there and watched the scene play out and thought how senseless it was at this point; Mike was no longer here to hear the accolades. I made up my mind then and there, at the ripe old old of 32 that from that point on, I would not have these regrets that others were having this blustery evening.
I embarked on a journey to tell people how I feel about them, while they were alive and kicking.
Several years later, a dear friend named Myra was facing her last battle with cancer. We all knew. Well, some of gathered together and decided to throw a "Celebration of Myra" party.
Again, it was an inclement wintry eve and about a hundred people journeyed weathered the storm. The mic was open up on the podium, friends lined up and started to share anecdotes, poems, cards and simple heart felt emotions. This evening was much different as Myra was there with us to hear us tell her just what she meant to each and every one of us. She was always an humble women of such grace, she was a bit embarrassed by this display of love and admiration. But, I can tell you, she know that night how much she was loved. When she died a few months later, there were no regrets for the people that had joined in the celebration of her life.
Why am I sharing these stories? Today I am sharing a little bit of what I have learned on my life journey. One thing for sure, if I love you, you know it beyond a shadow of a doubt!
When I intentionally titled this about planning my funeral, I probably should have said, I would really prefer NOT to have a funeral service. Oh, I know it's supposed to be for those who are left here on earth, for comfort. But honestly, I would rather know today - to be told how they feel and what they think. Spent the time with me now. This is a very personal part of my journey that really breaks my heart, which I won't go into further detail. Just know that at times Perky Prepping Gramma isn't always perky.
If you get anything out this post today, tell people how you feel about them while they are still with you. Don't wait until it is too late & live life with regrets.