The dying experience can be a gift, regardless of the time of year because it makes one reflect on the brevity of life and what is really important. Over the years, people who found themselves in this experience have told me me they no longer saw life as something to be endured, but rather a pattern of experiences to savor.
What does that mean? It means it is time to use the good china and crystal any day, wear your good blazer to the grocery store, eliminate “someday” and “one of these days” from your vocabulary because if it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, see and hear and do it now.
From personal experience, I can tell you it is the little things left undone that will make you angry – those letters you intended to write, the apology you never got around to giving, not telling someone how much you truly loved them.
Don’t hold back or save anything that would add laughter and luster to your life now because the death rate is still 100 percent. We’re all going to die and perhaps the best gift we give ourselves and the people we love is to resolve to not squander any of our days.