Life is Precious

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You never know what’s going to happen one day to the next. Life is certainly unpredictable! Several weeks ago, I heard about a Toronto single mom of 3 young sons, Tracey Dort-Kyne, who was in a severe cycling accident that left her completely paralyzed from the neck down. One minute she’s training for the Centurion Road Race and the next minute she’s lying in a hospital bed completely dependent on others. I didn’t realize at the time I’ve met this woman several times. In fact, I’ve taken her fitness classes (she was a fitness instructor at the club I belonged to previously). A beautiful and super fit mom … it could have been any one of us. Here’s the link to the web site set up to raise awareness and hopefully funds to support Tracey and her children: Riding home from Collingwood today, I heard on the radio about a 27 year old man who suffered a massive heart attack and died 5 miles before the end of the Toronto Marathon. My dad used to count the days until his retirement. He never made it because he was killed in a car accident while overseas on business. This blog is not meant to be depressing. All I’m hoping to do is remind every one of us that life is precious. It’s normal to get fed up with the day-to-day “stuff” but, in the bigger scheme of life, these issues are meaningless. My first response when I arrived back home was to give my husband a big hug. I also picked up the phone and called my sons who are both away at university. I desperately wanted to hear their voices. I am so grateful my sons are happy and enjoying life at university. Of course, it’s a lot of hard work but they feel challenged (in a good way) and determined to succeed. I am also thrilled to be doing a job I LOVE and find satisfying. Far more than previous jobs I’ve held, I am 100% certain the business I am running, Tail Wags Helmet Covers, is making a difference in the world of helmet safety. How about you? What are you grateful for and what would you like to change? Life is too short and unpredictable to waste any time doing something you hate!

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  • It’s hard when you’re in the death grip of depression to feel any gratefulness…but I know that digging deep and finding them is rewarding and comforting. Yesterday, I was held up in bed because of chronic pain, and my husband tended to the house and took care of chunky. At the end of the day we all squeezed onto our bed and watched a movie together. It made me feel grateful.

    Kimberly on
  • Every single night, no matter what has gone on during the day or what frustrations we have experienced, I will not go to bed without telling my daughter and my husband I love them. Every morning, no matter how rushed I am, there is always time for “one more hug.” You never know when you close your eyes or walk out the door if the last words you spoke are going to be the last ones you ever speak to the people you love.

    Julia on
  • Dear Julia,
    You’re a smart lady! I need to get more in the habit of telling them every single day!
    Best regards,

    Karyn Climans on
  • Tracy is a close friend of mine. Before her accident I felt i was taking my life for granted but over the past few weeks I’ve looked forward to getting up every morning, running around and being busy and just FEELING my children in my arms. Although I’ve had tragedy around around me before, this time it hit home hard becausae it was someone my age with same number of children, etc. Thanks for the reminder that life is indeed precious.

    Bette on
  • I need to post some kind of reminder to that affect in my house. Life really is fleeting. My husband and I say “I love you” every time we end a phone conversation with each other. It’s habit now. I try to say it every time I tuck my kids in send them off to school.

    I’m so happy you’ve found your calling in life! :)

    Wombat Central on

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