live like you’re dying.

for {blog every day in may}, day 16 is ..

“something difficult about your ‘lot in life’ and how you’re working to overcome it”.

I had every intention of digging deep & writing about my challenges & set backs in life. but I’m taking my own advice {see earlier post}, and looking on the bright side .. [bare with me ..]

I went to a funeral today. of a 46 year old husband. and father of 3 girls. [a 17, 14, & 11 year old].

he is my mom’s first cousin. there are 28 of them total. he was the youngest, and the first to pass away ..

he died unexpectedly.

it is undeniable this man made his mark on the world.

he was so humble. yet so accomplished.

not only in his career [which is extremely impressive in itself], but in the girls he coached ..who wore their soccer & basketball jerseys to the funeral.

to the priest, that was clearly so touched by his life, he was in tears just speaking of him.

to his extended family that read his obituary and were astounded by his accomplishments. “he was just scott”. a man who loved his family, but never boosted.

this same man lost his father at the age of two. and learned very early, life is precious.

principal riverwalk. des moines, IA // ZTS photo


he was the man behind the principal river walk & pedestrian bridge in des moines, IA. so beautiful.

[see above].

the priest said something during the funeral that resonated with me ..

many people get to the end of their life, look back, and wish they would’ve done more. although this man’s life was cut entirely too short, he lived his fully. it’s quite incredible. and the way it should be.

the way I want to look back on mine.

none of us know which day will be our last. and I am almost certain, we all want to look back on a fulfilled life, with no regrets or wishes.

the source of my inspiration is sad, but the lesson is beautiful.

we all go through hard times & have struggles. but we have one chance, to give it all we’ve got. make time for what makes you happy, what you’re passionate about. because that is what matters in the end.

live like you’re dying.


4 thoughts on “live like you’re dying.”

  1. So sorry for your loss, he sounds like a great guy (was it one of my super distant relatives?). Also, Harrison and I won a contest to be one of the first ppl to walk across that bridge, it was a huge party (and I got a tshirt!)!

    1. he was definitely one of your distance relatives, that happens to share your last name! you & harrison were one of the first people to walk the bridge? that’s really neat!! it is beautiful. I’m yet to walk across it myself, planning on it very soon!

  2. Very well said Chels. I am sorry I didn’t know Scott. I am sure I would have felt the same way about him as you all felt. Going to live like I was dying…today and everyday. Hugs! Aunt Tami

    1. I couldn’t believe out of all the first cousins in the family ..he’s the youngest & the first to pass away. life isn’t fair. but he’s definitely a role model on how to live your life. it was clear yesterday he took advantage of every single moment. tell the fam “hello” for me! miss you all. xo!

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