Yesterday I posted some of my initial thoughts on the passing of comedian Bernie Mac. I have now had an opportunity to see several reports surrounding his untimely passing. Of all of the information I have heard in review of Bernie Mac's life, one thing resonates with me…
He was going to retire.
Every newscast showed interview footage of Bernie Mac stating that he was going to retire soon. He was going to slow down. Well, guess what?
It's too late.
He was only 50 and I'm sure he thought he would have plenty of time. Heck, I'm NOT 50 and some days I'm SURE I do!
It's the fallacy of life and the fallacy of youth.
It seems like it took me a lifetime to "get it." To get that tomorrow isn't promised. To get that this day..this hour..this moment…is all I have. Is all we have.
And still, there are days I forget…
I have no idea what Bernie Mac's intention were for his retirement but I wonder what life would be like if we all decided to balance our goals in retirement with the work we do everyday. So many of us toil and sacrifice for more money so that we can have comfortable retirements. When we retire, we can take that dream vacation we've always wanted. When we retire, we can travel. When we retire, we can visit family. When we retire, we will have more time for our kids and/or grandkids. When we retire, we will have more time to give back to our communities.
What if retirement never came? What if retirement comes and it doesn't look like we thought it would?
Bernie Mac's life stands as an example of what's possible; his death but a reminder that the clock continues to tick for each one of us. 70 years, 80 years, 90 years is not promised.
Regardless of how much time you think you have, here is what I know for sure…
Life is too short to spend a career in a job you hate.
Life is too short to "wait" for….ANYTHING. Find work that makes your spirit sing. Go back to school. Take your vacations. Spend time with loved ones. Give back to your community. Take up that hobby you've been telling yourself you don't have time for. Take a risk. Live the joy.
It is never too late to make the difference, to be the difference only you can be. To live the life you think is only for someone else.
You were born to be great.
YES, you can.