You’ve heard it before “make sure you tell someone you love them, you may never see them again”. I make sure I say “goodbye” and “I love you” to my kids every morning and night. If I died tonight, they would know I loved them. Not because I said the words often. Because they felt it. They know just how important they are to me, they know that I would do anything for them.
But that’s not true with everyone in my life and I think it’s safe to assume that it’s not true for you either.
I lost my dad almost two months ago. My dad and I had a rocky relationship- he battled with anger and alcoholism my entire life. And even though his actions and words didn’t always say it, I know deep down that he loved me. I know that had I ever truly needed him, he would have done everything he could to help me.
But did he know that I loved him? I don’t know for sure. And that hurts. And at this point, there is nothing I can do about it. But (there’s that word again) I can do something to ensure that I don’t end up feeling regretful again. And you can do something too.
My challenge for you this upcoming year is to really let those you care about, know it. If you’re thinking of someone, tell them. Whether it’s your best friend from middle school that you haven’t seen in awhile, your neighbor, or your Mom…tell them. Social media makes us think we are connected. Just because we’re friends on Facebook and we “like” a status every once and awhile, doesn’t mean we have a strong relationship. Go one step further. Simply sending a text, message, or email that says “Hey- I’ve been thinking about you, hope you’re well” is a great start.
I promise, you won’t regret it.