Medical experts from all walks of life bombard us with their research, claiming to know what’s best for us. And a lot of their advice centers around one important theme: “live a happy, healthy life”.
But what they fail to tell you when sharing their expertise: there are never any guarantees.
I had an uncle (we’d call him “Uncle Scotty”, a.k.a. Doug Johnston) who was the epitome of this mantra. Close to 70 years old, he had the spirit of someone half his age. Maintaining an extremely healthy diet for the longest time, he would exercise four to five days a week, 2 hours each day. This was on top of the countless hours he would spend ballroom dancing (which anyone in the dance industry would agree can be a pretty intense workout).
Retiring early, he was high on life and had no problem driving 15 hours just to visit his family and friends for a day, only to return home the following evening.
My uncle was an inspiration to any generation, and always left us wondering what was in store for his next venture. I grew excited for our next adventure together, but never once could have predicted life’s other plan.
The day came where his adventure abruptly came to an end. Just two days after a sudden aneurysm, and with years of life still left in his spirit, my uncle took his last breath and said his final goodbye.
Don’t take for granted those you love. Because when you least expect it, they may drop out of our life – forever