As the year draws to a close I tend to become reflective and to check I am really doing what I want to do with my life. This year I am more reflective than normal, a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine died after a short illness. Paul was a lovely, lovely man, he was one of those folk that was always doing things for other people, always sharing, smiling and giving. I don’t know but I suspect had he known how sadly short his life was going to be he maybe would not have changed much.


It is easy to spend out lives living in the future, thinking “just another 2, 3, 5, ? years working hard for money and I’ll be able to……………….” or “when the kids are a bit older I’ll be able to…………” or “when I retire I’ll be able to……….”

I guess the message of Paul’s death to me is that those things may never come. Life is actually quite short, too short to spend doing stuff I don’t enjoy. Too short to be doing stuff in the hope of actually getting to live life down the line. Too short to put off doing those things where I feel passionately “somebody should do something about that”.

I have always tried to live in the moment and do what I really want to do though it is easy to get diverted. So what I really most enjoy doing  at the moment is spending time in my workshop making things. I’ll be doing more of that in 2016, oh and dancing with friends, and spending time in nature, and whenever I am having fun I’ll be thankful and think of Paul.


Author Robin Wood

Comments (8)

Comments are closed.