I think we all do know that, but it's hard to keep that thought in focus. For me, it's easy to confront my own mortality when reading stories like the widowed professor - it ironically brings that idea of living life to the fullest... to life. I'm hoping this little post will help remind you too. Tell your family and friends how much they mean to you...and show them if you can which is even better.
Here is the professor's story:
Jason Hans believes everyone should live their life in a way they would be able to inspire other people, a lesson he learned through his wife’s murder in 2002.
“If you were to die tonight there would be a lot of people sad, but would they be inspired?” Hans, a UK professor, asked the crowd as part of a Final Word lecture series.
“I’m happy to talk about her any chance that I get,” he said.
Hans’s wife, Irina, who he was with for six years, was shot in Washington, D.C., while walking home, in what was later determined to be an armed robbery.
When Hans was told of his wife’s murder, he found it difficult to realize that life went on without her.
“I was shocked that the sun came up,” he said. “I was a wreck for about five or six days. One night I just walked around the city to all the places we had been.”
Hans not only believed he lost a wife, but he also lost the children they had planned for. Hans and his wife had already planned their children’s names, Masha and Sasha.
One thing that helped him recover from her death was he felt that it had become his responsibility to be the caretaker of her legacy.
Hans learned from his wife that life should not be taken for granted and to make the most of what you have before it’s gone.
He said Irina had once written, “Lying in my dark, cold, spooky grave I will think: Was there a meaning for all that?”
Katie Lamping, a nursing sophomore, said the event gave her a positive message about living your life to the fullest.
“I thought it was good and it was touching,” she said. “It makes you think about your life and the people that are special to you.” (from the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Kernel)