I have two songs in my main iTunes playlist that feature a singer I used to know. Used to, that is, because he died, very suddenly and far too young, a couple of years ago.
I keep the songs in there because every time they come up I am reminded: everyone dies.
This isn’t intended as a morbid expression or a solemn moment of silence. This is intended as a poignant reminder, an impassioned plea to myself to live. Now.
There are things we want to do, but we don’t do them because we’re afraid we’ll fail. We’ll look like a fool. We’ll get it wrong.
Who cares? Who cares??
For about 150,000 people around the world, today is their last day on this Earth. And again tomorrow. And again the next day.
In this hour alone, more than 6,000 people will die.
So maybe you try that new thing, and maybe you look like a fool, but maybe you have a good time. Maybe someone laughs at you, but maybe someone else is inspired by you.
You may even inspire yourself.
Everyone dies. None of us knows when our last day will be. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, why not try?
P.S. Did you know you can read my entire first YA sci-fi adventure book, free, online? And if you’re a parent or educator, or just someone who enjoys activities, check out the free, thought-provoking, skill-building activities at the end of every chapter! The Universes Inside the Lighthouse (and subsequent books in the series) was inspired by my love of books like A Wrinkle In Time or shows like Doctor Who. It’s my own exploration and answer to the deep and sometimes unanswerable questions: what else is out there? What if we could meet aliens from other planets? What if everything were possible? What’s more, through the power of truth-through-fiction, The Universes Inside the Lighthouse addresses issues of loneliness and compassion and gives parents and educators an opening to discuss these challenging but important issues. I love this series so much and I hope you will too! Start reading chapter one here! And feel free to spread the word!
Check out Pam’s books!
- The Universes Inside the Lighthouse—YA sci-fi adventure / first in the Balky Point Adventures
- The Wishing Rock series—women’s fiction / wit, wisdom, and recipes
- The Pam on the Map series—travelogues / wit and wanderlust