I suppose it depends on your perspective. One of my best friends died a few years ago. He was 58 years old. I think of him often and how his life was “stopped” much too early. He was a great person, an incredible talent and an inspiration to me and my partner.
He persevered, running his company for many years then finally hit his payday. This is what every business owner aspires to…but just about the time his “ship came in” he was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer. He chased every treatment option with a smile and even signed up for an experimental drug. Nothing could break his spirit or his optimism. Over the years he endured too many operations but was able to hold his own, walk his daughter down the aisle and see a grandchild born. Unfortunately, the disease still took this wonderful human being. (Isn’t that always the way it happens?)
My buddy was smart. Protected his family and lifestyle (with insurance) before cancer came knocking at his door. Many business owners believe they are invincible. We all know that’s not true. Many will never plan.
I learned a lot of things from my friend. One (very) valuable lesson was to prepare for the unexpected. It may be looking for you and no one can fix “it” when your luck runs out.
I spent as much time as I could with him through his illness. Yep, I cried a few times leaving the hospital or his home. There was much to learn from my good friend; I miss him very much and think of him – and his family – often. I’m sure they still struggle with the loss of a great husband, father, grandfather…but thankfully, nothing else.
He was young.