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Life Is Just Too Short

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Over the past several years, my family has had a lot of medical issues. My Mom passed away in 2008 from COPD and Lung Cancer. My sister, at 50, five years ago, had to have a triple bypass. My brother in law, at 57, last year, had a stroke, my brother, at 52, just last week, went to the ER for chest pains. He had an artery that was 99 1/2% blocked. They put a stent in. My cousin, at 53, died yesterday from a heart attack.

My Step-Dad, who is 86, so, no spring chicken, has quite a few medical issues and the Dr advised us that he will most likely die from a heart attack. His heart is only working at about 15% capacity.

With all this happening, just makes me want to pick it up and run away. Change my number so I can’t hear anymore bad news. While I am planning to move away eventually, I won’t change my number.  But, it makes me wonder.  When will my number be up? When will whoever runs this show say, “Okay Jacqui, your times up.” I believe in reincarnation, but, each life is the only life you will remember. I look back and ask myself, what do I have to show for it?

IMG_2866 Ziplining in Haiti

I haven’t had a bad life. Really, I haven’t. I’ve traveled some. I’ve cruised around the US and British Virgin Islands. I’ve been on a cruise. I’ve been on TV as a blogger reviewing the Chevy Traverse. I’ve been flown to CA by eBay to train with the VP’s there as an eBay Parent Panel member.  I even went back to college after my divorce and got my Bachelors Degree. But, most importantly, even though I’m divorced, I have a wonderful daughter as a prize from that marriage.  So, have I had it bad?  No, not at all. Can I make it better?  Absolutely.  More traveling. Domestic and International. I’d like to meet family members that I haven’t had the chance to meet yet.

Shot from the balcony on Cruise

Those are just a few things I want to do. I’m 42 and I hope to all that is Holy that I can avoid the path of 2 siblings and make my life more adventurous.

Test Driving the Chevy Traverse for Chevrolet

What are you doing to make sure this lifetime is the best you can make it?


  1. vinneve

    How I wish I could find a travel buddy!

  2. Emma Spellman

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is always hard around the holidays for me because I think of my family members and friends that can’t be here with me anymore. I just try to be positive in life and not sweat the small stuff because life as you say is just too short.
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  3. Sarah Bailey

    I am so sorry to hear about your losses 🙁 it is so hard, we lost a couple of family members in quick succession and it was awful. I always thought I would have longer with them.

  4. Alli Smith

    My mom had a massive heart attack and died the day before Mother’s Day (this past May). I’m still in shock. She was very active, didn’t smoke or drink and wasn’t overweight. Life is short and I believe we should live each day to the fullest and make sure our family and friends know that we love them. So sorry for all your losses!

  5. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon

    Life is short and you know you have the right attitude-to enjoy it while you can! I live my life to the fullest each day and love hard with no regrets!

  6. Jeanette

    That is a lot of tragedy in a short amount of time! I am so sorry to hear about all the loss. I definitely say life is short live life to the fullest. My favorite thing to do is travel and we do that quite a hit here. I definitely try to live life to its fullest and I try to teach my children that too.

  7. Heather

    It is no fun having health issues. It makes you see life differently though doesn’t it?

  8. Teresa

    I would say with your family history of heart issues, to really be on the look out for healthy food options! That is what I try to do, just eat clean and healthy now. All the other stuff works itself out

  9. Melanie

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad last thanksgiving so this year is going to be especially hard for us.

  10. Pam

    Sorry to hear about your losses, but I love your approach to live life to the fullest. That’s what I want to do too.

  11. rika

    I am so sorry for your loss! I am so glad that you’re taking a positive approach to life and enjoy your life. I just had a conversation with my husband yesterday, life is not getting easier so we really need to remember to enjoy it while we can.

  12. ricci

    I am so sorry about all of your losses. I want to travel the world and focus more on experiences than material things.

  13. Cesar Diaz

    So sorry to hear about your loss. It’s so important to enjoy every moment we have with our loved ones and to live life to the fullest.

  14. Rebecca Swenor

    You have went through almost what I have been going through this past year. It all makes you think about what you have and haven’t done with your life. I know that life is to short not to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your story and I love your life plans. I would love to do more traveling.

  15. Aisha Kristine Chong

    This is exactly my thoughts when my dad recently got into a car accident – it was a big one but I am so thankful he wasn’t harmed or anything. He is safe. Now, I make a lot of connection more with my family, parents more than ever. I treasure so much every bit of time I have with them. I appreciate more of our times together.

  16. CourtneyLynne

    Ughh so sorry for your loss!!! I lost my brother a few years back so the holidays can definitely be tough that’s for sure!

  17. LaShawn

    I am so sorry for your loss! I want to travel more too, and treasure every moment of it!

  18. Jessica Scull

    So sorry to hear about your loss! The Holidays can definitely be a tough time

  19. Chrishelle

    My dad was healthy and active until he was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 55 and passed two years later. That definitely brought home to me we are not promised another day. Enjoying everyday with my kids and grandbaby.


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