Day 90: 10 Years

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Day 90:  10 Years

Day 90.  A friend’s husband passed away.  My heart broke when I heard the news.  He touched my life in a subtle yet profound way.  He was a lovely man with a sweet smile and a generous soul and he leaves an incredibly devoted and amazing wife and daughter.  It was 2002 when he was diagnosed with cancer and when he began what would end up being the last 10 years of his life.  I was in acting class with her at the time and it was an intense and transformative experience trying to support her through the early months of his treatment.  But, like a child, when he made progress and seemed to be doing better, I checked it off of my list with the mental note; he will live forever.  Although we haven’t been in each others lives on a day to day basis for years and the last time I saw my old friend was when I ran into her in the Glendale Whole Foods last year, it seemed like no time had passed at all when I heard the news.  It came as a shock and it shattered my delusional state of mind where this man and his health were concerned.  Such a reminder of how precious life is.  And I think to myself, if today is the first day of the last 10 years of my life, will it change what I’ll do and act and think and feel and say today?  I hope so.  And Saro, you mattered and you made a difference.  Well done.  Rest in peace.

Until tomorrow, create from what you have…the first day of the next 10 years–whether they’re your last or not.

Kelli Joan Bennett is a filmmaker, actress, writer, entrepreneur, advocate for creative thinking and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media.

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