“I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.”
At times we all think of our longevity. As we get older, we probably think about it more and more. And, if you’ve cheated death through a heart transplant, these thoughts can be quite magnified at times.
So how long will I live? Like everyone else, I simply don’t know. As a numbers guy, I could look up all kinds of life expectancy statistics that really won’t tell me a whole lot. What is the average life expectancy of a male these days? How about a male with a heart transplant? What about my genetic makeup and how long my relatives have lived?
When I have these thoughts, I make myself look at TODAY ….. and how is my life at this moment. I am only guaranteed this moment, I am never guaranteed a tomorrow. And, you know what? I am fine with that.
My heart stopped over a hundred times before my transplant. I know what that feeling was like and I know when God says it’s time, it will be my time. But this moment is MINE …… to cherish,to enjoy, to love, to share with family and friends. And, nothing is more important.
What is important, is my desire to pass along life when mine is over. I have ALWAYS been a registered organ donor and I live each day knowing that possibly I can save someone’s life, as mine was saved by the most heroic person that I’ll never meet.
Don’t worry about how long you’ll live …… worry about this moment, and embrace it ALWAYS! That, and be a registered organ donor too!