It’s often sad to hear of a person’s unexpected passing, life is short, no matter how long it lasts.
I was reminded of this yet again with the passing of Robin Williams yesterday. Now, I’ll admit, while I was not the biggest Robin Williams fan, I really did enjoy much of his work. Of course there are many areas where my views about the world differ, but I enjoyed many of his great performances, in particular Dead Poets Society. When we learn of the passing of a well-known individual, events like these have a way of shaking us up, and causing us to stop and examine our own lives.
For me, several questions came to my mind:
What is my legacy? How much have I thought about how others will remember me when I am gone?
I am a bit of a people pleaser, so I also thought “At my end, whose approval is really going to matter?”
I am also valuing the importance of numbering my days. In the book 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith provides great insight to making life matter, right now.
I encourage you to check it out for ways to be more intentional about creating a life of value. I also recommend Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl as thought provoking read of immense value.
Today is not just another Tuesday, not just another work day, but it is a one time event that I will never have again.
Today is day 12,453 of my existence – I don’t know how many more I have left, but I am determined to give value to each day. I hope you will do the same.
If you were not aware, for Robin Williams video games were an important hobby. I actually did not know this until the 3DS port of the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released. He even named his daughter Zelda after the title character. Check out the videos below to see Robin and Zelda’s thoughts about the game and their experiences with it.