It’s been a while since I last posted here. I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post let alone publish it. Both because it is highly personal and that I didn’t realise there was a lesson in it until I typed it out. My original version of this was much longer, but some details have since been removed.
A few months ago, my father suffered a brain aneurysm, or more commonly called a brain bleed or a stroke. Thanks to quick thinking from the people surrounding him at the time and the great care he received in the hospital he survived.
It is currently unknown which of the current issues he has with walking, balance or speech will be permanent or will be resolved in time. We can only hope for the best, time will tell. We can consider us lucky already compared to other people we saw on the same unit in the hospital.
This event has left us scarred. It definitely has made me reconsider my perspective on life itself and how transitory it can be. I can remember having doubts on whether or not to go to a dinner with someone or how much a weekend away would additionally cost us. I already considered myself somewhat more aware on the importance of time & making memories, but this has made me even more focused.
Saving and investing is one of the most important things you can do in your life to build a better future for yourself and your loved ones. But don’t forget to live now, because tomorrow is promised to no one.
So go out and make those memories (money be damned) because in the end they are worth so much more than some number on a balance sheet.
And if you can, call your mom/dad/family member and tell them that you love them.