It's hard to imagine things 20-years from now. What will the world look like? What will we look like?
Will our family members still be here?
What will stay the same?
Humans are bad at planning for the long-term. It's no wonder, most of our history has required us to take things day by day. The times where food today was good but we might not have any tomorrow.
There's a photo in my Mum's room of a lady who used to live across the street. Margaret was a sweet lady, I remember talking to her when I was young. The photo is of Margaret in the hospital. I remember her family coming to visit several times whilst she was in the care unit. But even after living across the road from her for 10-years, I don't remember them ever making a single visit.
So why so much effort in the last moments of her life?
I'm not going to pretend to know but my best guess is, they were living their own lives.
Is this a bad thing? No. But what if the same amount of effort was sustained throughout the other years of their life?
It's because planning for the long-term is hard. It's only once things become a problem do we realise they're a problem.
A loved one falling ill seems so far away until it happens.
Life happens quick. Enjoy the short-term but don't forget the long-term.
Tell your people you love them.
I love you.