Thursday, June 4, 2009

Engaged Couple Dies in Plane Crash.

Just read this amazing article about a newly engaged couple who had traveled to Brazil in the hopes of telling family about their marriage plans. A few hours after boarding, the plane crashed and they both died. Julia Schmidt and Alex Crolow. They were in their late 20s and about to take on the world with their love.

This makes me think about life and how short it is, how it can flash before our eyes in an instant. I wonder if they went painlessly, or if they got to say a few last words to each other. What do you say to the love of your life at that moment? When you know death is looking you in the eye?

Yeah, we all have arguments with peeps or occasionally say something mean to someone we love. But, it's never too late to call 'em up and simply say, "I'm sorry" or "let's talk." I'd rather put myself on the line and risk embarrassment than have regret or "go down" without closure. Looking at Alex and Julia's story made me pause for a few minutes and think about the things that are important to me --

My health

Yeah, I'll make that doctor's appointment today for my annual exam. Yeah, I'll go pet the doggies and play with 'em for half an hour. Sure, I'll sit down with my father and listen to why playing golf makes his eyes twinkle. And, when someone threatens to hurt me or takes some form of unfair action, I will respond with compassionate words. Because, in the end, that rude person will end up hurting more.
It's never to late to live in the Present and make things right...whatever that means to you.


Erica said...

Their story is all over the papers here in London. I'm making sure I tell Alex I love her at every opportunity.

Anonymous said...

I knew Alex from high school and I still can't and don't want to believe this happened to him and his fiancée. He has always been an incredibly nice and warm hearted person with a kind word for everyone.

All my thoughts and wishes are with his family and friends!