A few days ago it was, what would have been, my Dad's 65th birthday. Sadly he is no longer physically present to celebrate it as my Dad died very suddenly on February 1st 2010.
The irony, (if you can have irony in death,) was that just two weeks prior to my Dad's passing, he was told by his doctor that he was officially a cancer survivor.
After an over two year battle with colon cancer, my Dad had beat it and was told by his doctor that he was in full remission and had has entire life ahead to look forward to.
My Dad had won a hard fought battle and for his efforts his rewarded with the promise of time.
Time to do all the things he had always wanted to do.
Time to make his priorities a priority.
Time to say I love you more.
Time to forgive and let go of past pain.
Time to travel and see the world.
Time to laugh with friends and connect with family.
Time to live life with a renewed appreciation after having been so close to death.
My Dad was promised, and given, time.... two weeks of it.
Not what he, I, or anyone else assumed, but that is what happened.
On his birthday I took a few moments to reflect on my Dad and what his death has meant to my life, as well as what his legacy is to me.
I recorded these thoughts so I could share them with You.
When I initially shared the video last week on Facebook I got an email from someone asking me "How can you open up and share the way you do."
It is certainly not easy to do so and there are a lot of emotions that come up during the process of sharing. I do share because with all my heart, I believe what I have experienced and what I have learned from those experiences is meant to be shared. I feel it would be wrong of me to keep what I have to offer and the insights I have gained locked away - hidden from others.
It is my deepest hope that you are able to find value in what I share and perhaps my words are able to help some of you who are dealing with a significant loss of your own.
Enjoy the pics (they are all of my Dad and I),