6:45 am - Thursday - August 24th - 52º F, humidity 69%, wind 6 mph out of the east.....cloudy....forecast today high for Gardiner, MT is 77º F, and 72º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.
I just got news of the passing of another good man, and friend before his time, and I am sitting here at my laptop stunned. He and his wife were on vacation, not that far from we were are right now, when he succumbed to a massive heart attack. He and his wife had just retired within the past couple of years, and had moved to Arizona to their dream home near Prescott, AZ. It just brings home, once again, what I tell people everyday......don't wait too long to live your dreams. No one knows when their number will be drawn.....live like there is no tomorrow.....please, please, please! RIP Michael!
It is so easy to become complacent.....yes, even in this amazing nomadic lifestyle we embrace on a daily basis......too focused on the past disappointments, or future hopes. News like this tends to help one refocus on the here and now......to focus on the friends and family I love so much. If you are thinking about someone, give them a call.....it's so easy to think "I'll see them soon, or I'll send them a text, or I'll call them tomorrow"......maybe they won't be there tomorrow......maybe they'll never see your text, or receive your call.
In spite of the reality being that the older I get the more likely it is that I will awake on any given day to the news of someone I know having passed. It doesn't mean I have to accept it, or like it. I don't know how many days, months, or years I have remaining......at 68 years of age I have already outlived my father by 14 years. I think I'm in good health, and past physicals seem to indicate that I am, but I'm sure Michael thought he was in good health, also. I'm sure he was making plans for his, and his wife's future, but that was yesterday, and yesterday is gone.....