There is never a greater wake up call for life than knowing that today could be our last. As my own father sits in hospital having suffered a heart attack just 2 days ago, it is so easy to see how we always expect there to be a tomorrow.
As I drove to the hospital not knowing what that night would bring, one thing struck me hard. I was forced to imagine what life would be like without him.
It is these moments that present a shock reminder of the true value of life. It is so easy to take for granted the lives of ourselves and those we love.
One day is going to be the last day for all of us, this is a fact we all face.
As I reflect on the past 72 hours of uncertainty, there is one thing I am sure of. That is to make sure that I do not waste a single moment.
I will be the absolute best I can be in every area of my own life, for those I love and for those whom I have the privilege to meet, or work with on my own journey through life.
So today is the day I bring my father home and I feel immense gratitude to the surgeon who rushed from his home to save my fathers life. To the amazing NHS staff from the porters to the nurses to the doctors who all were the best they could be for us.
There is so much to learn from the events that life brings us.
The biggest message for myself is to value every single moment, understand what’s really important and to never stop giving.
As this will be my last post until the new year, may I take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas Day and to a New Year that brings you all you wish for.
Warm Wishes from…
A very thankful Stephen Hedger