I am not one who typically jumps on the celebrity death rant band wagon, but the death of Carrie Fisher on December 27, 2016 and her mother, Debbie Reynolds on December 27, has been the proverbial final straw for many of my loved ones. Twenty-sixteen will go down in history for many of them as the year that decimated the entertainment talent pool.
I did a Google search to refresh my memory of the “notable” people who died in 2016.
Many were only slightly familiar to me: the musicians, the scientists, the athletes. More familiar, and thus a greater personal loss, were the actors and actresses who had entertained me throughout my life. The numbers of each is significant. Yes, I agree, 2016 has been a tough one.
It’s amazing and wonderful how people impact each others’ lives. Even people we only know by their talents can significantly influence us. They become part of our history and when they pass from this world, we feel the loss.
Each of us experienced other losses in 2016, as well.
In these last few days of 2016, I encourage you to take a few minutes to look back on 2016. Were there goals you did not achieve? What about opportunities you failed to seize? Are there relationships you wanted to mend, but didn’t?
We cannot go back in time to save our favorite entertainers, athletes, musicians, scientists and other notable figures. Likewise we cannot go back in time to recoup the lost time and efforts we could have spent working toward our goals.
However, today is a new day. Twenty-seventeen will be a new year. You still have time to get started or continue moving forward. There is no reason to stop pursuing your dreams, but there is every reason to continue.
Each of us will pass from this world one day. Do you want to be remembered as the person who was more and did more? Or the person who never quite made the impact you could have?
I recently read that one definition of hell is coming to the end of your life and meeting the person you could have been. Yikes! That would be tough to handle.
That is why I am pushing thru my doubts and fears and moving forward with this website and podcast endeavor. I want to be the influence I might become. And if that doesn’t happen, I want my loved ones to say, “She never stopped trying.”
I hope you’ll strive to become the person you were destined to be! What impact would you like to leave on your family, friends, and the world?