It comes in all forms and often out of the blue when we least expect it. Last night and this morning I had the honor of meeting Bob. Bob is a 4 year survivor of a Leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. When telling his story to me, he pointed out that in the early days of learning about his illness, something discovered on a random visit to the doctor, that the message was clear and simple -- "You need to get your things in order". The odds of survival were less than 30% because they were going to systematically destroy his immune system before giving him the transplant.
Bob must be an anomaly because not only did he have no side effects from the Chemo or the Radiation, but 18 months later he was back on a bike, riding a century. Then he rode his bike from Boston to Key West. Now he is in the process of completing the remaining stretch of the East Coast, Lubec Maine back to Boston. (many people choose to stop in Bar Harbor Maine, but the true East Coast route should be from West Quoddy Light House, Lubec Maine to the Key West marker)
His message was don't stop fighting, and don't stop living. Like many people who have had these life altering experiences, he finds much to be grateful for and now treasures each and every day. I have said it before and I will keep on beating the drum.
Live your life the fullest, each and every day. The only moment that is guaranteed is right NOW.
P&L, travel safely Bob. It was an honor and an inspiration to have met you.