I try to take a walk every day and along my route I noticed that a new family to the neighborhood has put five red chairs in their front yard. And every time I come into that view my eyes are drawn to it. Well if my eyes are drawn to it I start to wonder about it. That is just the way my brain is wired. These chairs make me think of how much most of us enjoy sitting around and visiting about things. Used to be people were out in their yard more and visiting with their neighbors more. But those chairs being empty also makes me think of all the missing people who have passed on and that will happen to all of us. Last summer Jerra and I took a week to go through southern Louisiana on a wandering, wondering, and a photo gathering trip. And along the way there were a couple of friends that I hadn't seen in a long time and wanted to stop and visit a bit. Now they are both gone and I am so glad I stopped to visit with them. You just never know about what's ahead but what it does tell me is it's time to make the most out of every day. I know, I know you have heard this before but the older I get the truer it becomes. I ran across this quote by Jack London that I think says it all.
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather my sparks should burn out in a blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than asleep and permanent as a planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." - Jack London
That pretty well sums it right up for me. I hope it resonates for you too.