Note to Self: This is 33

33. That has a nice ring to it don’t you think?

You know, honestly, I’ve been sitting here for the last 15 minutes trying to figure out what to write for this blog post when I came to the realization that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been taking myself way too seriously.
Yes, the last few years has been a bit rough for me. I’ve been dealing with a lot of loss, but there’s been a lot of amazing moments in between too. Around this time last year, I wrote about what it might mean to Begin with the End In Mind.

“I’m still trying to figure out what the end looks like.” When I originally wrote that post, I truly did not know what to make of the passage from Stephen Covey. But today, re-reading it, it’s becoming more and more clear. Here’s why.

A week ago, our dear friend Jerry passed away unexpectedly from cancer. Today was his funeral. Jerry was one of the nicest and genuine people I’ve ever met and I’m lucky to have known him. He was a loving husband and a father to two beautiful children.

As I mourn during this sad time, I’m also wondering what advice Jerry would give me on my 33rd birthday. I imagine it would be something like this… “Shelly, stop moping around right now like it’s your funeral. You’re still breathing so go celebrate your birthday and please start living everyday like it may be your last.”

I think that’s some very sound advice, Jerry.

We love you. Thank you and may you rest in peace. 🙏

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