Wake The F--- Up!

Every once in a while, when you start to get too comfortable, life has a way of shaking you by the shoulders and waking you the F--- up. 

Today is one of those days for me. I woke up to news that one of my life long friends, who also happens to be my second cousin, lost his older sister in a tragic accident that also resulted in the death of possibly her entire family (there are three kids still unaccounted for in the family of eight). 

She was older than me, so I barely knew her; this isn't a solicitation for condolences or anything like that. This is me talking about how important it is to value what is important in life, and to live every day the best way you know how. We don't know how many years, months, or days we have-- and I know that, personally, I've already had a few close calls in my life already. 

It's imperative to have meaningful relationships with those you value in your life, to try to make your community or the world around you a better place in whatever way you can, to smile, to laugh, and to cry once in a while. Push the limits of what it means to be human, and push the limits of what you are personally capable of. Never pass up an opportunity to tell your loved ones that you do, in fact, love them. Never pass up an opportunity to expand your legacy; after all, that's the only thing we leave behind. 

If you are comfortable, coasting on auto-pilot in your relationships and how you live your life... wake the F--- up. There's not enough time for that nonsense.

Marty Skovlund, Jr.