Winter’s dull gray has waned; spring’s vibrant color has blossomed. That other winter – “pandemic winter” – is winding down with the birth of “vaccination spring” and a glimpse of “normal summer” on the horizon. Normal has never looked so good.
Sometimes the angst of uncertain times and events, such as a global pandemic, spurs us to examine our life…and the end of it. Many of us have been touched by COVID-19 in a personal way, and many have lost someone to this terrible virus. I would bet that all surviving adults, at some point, somberly wondered if they would contract COVID-19, be hospitalized or die. Our mortality is often something we don’t want to think about or discuss, but COVID-19 put the possibility of our own death front and center. And, frankly, that just might be a good thing.
Are you feeling a little more grateful? Are the colors a little brighter this spring? Are the things you love to do a little more enjoyable? When you finally got to hug your kids or grandkids or best friends, did you linger in that embrace a little longer? That’s what thinking about our demise does. It makes us appreciate life a little more.
Thinking about and preparing for our inevitable death or a serious medical event also helps us appreciate life a little more and is a smart thing to do. When is the best time to prepare? Now. Let me help. And when you’re done, I guarantee that you will enjoy life a little more.