Today is February 29th, Leap Day, which only comes around once every four years. It's an extra day in our lives, and one that can be so much more than just another Monday, as it happens to fall on this year.
It can be about life. Last week marked the five-year anniversary of my Mom's cancer surgery. Five years ago, we were all really scared about a pretty terrible diagnosis and initial prognosis, but thanks to an excellent surgeon, the cancer was banished and my mom is doing wonderful. We are all so grateful for this.
It can also be about death. Last week, I got sad news of the death of our former neighbor, who was only 64 years old and a healthy man until he developed heart problems, which he didn't survive. And then, that same day I heard of the sudden death of my sister-in-law's sister, Lori. Heart attack. She was my age. This was unexpected, and of course so devastating to her family.
As I was processing this, I had to run some errands, and while driving my beloved Mini Cooper, I thought "I hope Lori was able to get her version of a Mini Cooper." I think we all have wants and desires for somewhat unnecessary things and experiences, and most of us put them off because of responsibilities and such, but there comes a time when you just have to make that indulgent purchase or take that trip you've always wanted...for so many of us, the words "I can't right now" make up too much of our lives. Sometimes you just have to say YES and go for it, because tomorrow isn't guaranteed, as I was unfortunately reminded of last week.
Life is about making the most of each day, which is easy to forget as we go through our daily routine, but on this extra day, I encourage you to do something different - big or small - that you can look back on and know that you made your mark on Leap Day 2016.