I Could Be Hit By A Bus Tomorrow....

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“A friend died yesterday......for the last 4 years he lived his dream of tequila and palm trees without a care in the world....except his health. He could have lived that dream for 10+ years if he had started it 6+ years before. At what point do you throw your hands in the air and live by the motto "I could be hit by a bus tomorrow". Tracy Bonin, please share your input.

A friend sent me this message the other day. I have been really struggling with how to respond to her.

My idea of living each day like it was my last, would look like the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I do not live that way, I do not have the funds to live that way, but it certainly does not stop me from dreaming about living that way!

When I made my move to Mexico, to live my dream...it was not about living each day like it was my last. It was about living a life that I had been dreaming about for a very long time. Is that the same thing? Maybe it is.

One day, my life came to a cross road. I was living a life that was not working for me. I was not happy. I was feeling unfulfilled. I did not know exactly what I needed at that moment. I just knew I needed change. Change is difficult and scary. I knew I needed to do something different. So I did. I guess that was the day that I made the choice to step out of my comfort zone and take charge of my happiness.

My heart breaks for the loss of her friend. But thank God, he got to live his dream for 4 years!! How many people can say that?! How many people wish they had the courage to live life to the fullest for just one day?! Sure, he could have done it sooner and enjoyed it longer. Hopefully he enjoyed those 4 years to the fullest before he passed. I bet he felt like the luckiest man alive for those 4 years!

Each and every day, I quietly thank the Universe for this life that I am living! It is amazing! It is the best thing that has ever happened to me! So I am not worried about how much time I have left. I just make damn sure that each and every day is full of happiness and love. So if tomorrow, I am out on my paddle board and get eaten by a shark….please do not be sad that I only had 4 years in paradise….be thrilled that I had that long!! Be thrilled that I left this earth doing exactly what I wanted to do, the way I wanted to do it! Not everyone gets that chance in life.

So I want to celebrate the life of your friend that passed. I will raise my glass to him for being so brave to take that chance to live his best life, no matter how much time he had. Not everyone is brave enough to do that!

To all of the people that have made a change to live their dreams….what was the turning point for you? How did you know it was the right thing to do?

Tracy Bonin
A Canadian artist, living her dream in Mexico.
www.tracybonin.com