This is a quick post to remind you to keep in touch with your friends and loved ones. My beloved Gramp was suddenly rushed into hospital this afternoon and along with feeling upset, my other thought was ‘I haven’t spoken to him in a while, why didn’t I just pick up the phone and call him. Will I ever get the chance again?’
Regrets are horrible and I try and live my life with as few as possible. For every mistake I make, I try to see the positive, even if it is only learning, never to make that mistake again! Inevitably there are always going to be a few things you regret.
When my Nanny died I hadn’t seen her for eighteen months and I still regret that to this day. There were many reasons, for most of that time we lived in Durham, my Grandparents were in Oxford. I had been heavily pregnant and then had a not so portable small baby. We tried to arrange a Christmas visit, but one of the boys had a cold and Nanny never liked visitors that brought unwanted germs with them! Of course I could go on and on. The sad thing is, they are all great reasons not to visit at the time. As soon as you lose someone dear to you, those reasons seem ridiculous and you would give anything to see them again. Germs, babies and all!
The last time I saw my Gramp was two months ago on his birthday, so that makes me feel a little better. But and there’s always a but, only last week the thought that I should ring him popped into my head, but I was busy so I resolved to ring later and of course the thought popped right out again, until today.
I know you can’t spend your life thinking what if? It isn’t practical and no one wants to spend their every waking minute worrying about what’s round the corner. So I thought I would write this post as a little reminder to all that read it; life is short and can turn on a sixpence. If there is something you have been meaning to do or someone you have been meaning to visit or phone, then try not to put it off until tomorrow, because unfortunately you never know what tomorrow might bring.
Get well soon Gramps!