About a month ago, I lost someone who was extremely close to me. As death tends to do, it made me take a long, hard look at my life. Really analyze how I’m living it-day in and day out. I try and do this often, as I try to live a “No Wake Up Call” Life. This instigated an even bigger look than usual.
When I was a teenager, I was in Oklahoma during the Oklahoma City Bombing tragedy. I lived about 20 minutes from the site. It was an experience that left a lasting impression on me, and probably changed my life forever.
I remember I saw someone interviewed, and they said it was a major “wake up” call for them. I thought, “I don’t want to live a live when I get older, where something awful needs to happen to make me realize I’m off track. I want to get on track and stay there.”
I’ve had an unofficial mantra of a No Wake-Up Call life ever since.
Am I living it perfectly? No. But on mornings where we are rushing around and trying to get out the door, I remind myself that it is better to be late than to yell, because you just never know what might happen. On days where I feel like my professional life has taken a back seat to mommy hood, I remind myself that this is what I want and need to be doing right now, and I am lucky I don’t need a wake up call to appreciate what I have and what I am doing.
In the wake of 24/7 bad news on every channel, sad news in fb feeds, and the regular struggles of life, my wish is that we take a look at our lives and live true to ourselves.
That’s what I am trying to do. Live a life that doesn’t need a wake up call, just live it right, right now.