Went to a funeral recently for someone that I didn’t truly know as a person but someone who was a central figure in my life growing up.
She lived to be over 100. For my entire childhood, she was one half of the across the street neighbors. I regret now that I was never confident enough to really get to know her story, but I do know that she lived a simple life back in the days when simple was enough.
I remember her and her husband fondly. They would take out their “good car” on Sundays to church. It was in mint condition and was one of those cars that looked like they had owned it since they first got married. She must have been in her mid-60s when I first met her, and I was completely intimidated by her husband. I think because there were warnings from my parents not to damage his yard which he maintained meticulously. As I got older, the intimidation went away, but I still struggled with getting to know them. (I still struggle with this).
Her husband passed away years ago, I went to his funeral, and now I have attended her funeral. It breaks my heart because I have always felt a longing to get to know people better and there has always seemed to be a barrier for me when it comes to that. I just know I want to connect with people. I want to know them and have them know me. I want to feel like I have friends in all walks of life. I want to know that I have had some small positive impact on them, the same way that they have had a positive impact on me.
I want to make a positive impact in my dream life, so I am writing this blog to start doing that now.
Do you want to make an impact? What do you want your impact to look like?
PS. I was reminded at the funeral service (as I always am) that time is passing, no one is immortal, and the time is now to chase my dreams. Time to get going.