Our Allotted Time

I lost someone today. A facebook friend, an acquaintance really. I doubt we would have been good friends in real life, but I guess I’ll never know. Despite not being close, it shocked me, made me stop and reassess my own life.

Despite many health challenges, she produced a book recently and was as busy as we all are, doing things and making plans. I admired her work ethic and her systematic approach to getting things done. Now, I think I should have made the time to tell her that.

The world has faced many losses. Parents to Covid, children to guns, friends or animal companions to cancer and age. Their pain has gone, transferred into those of us who remain. We who mourn and wonder in our darkest hour when it will be our turn to go. There are not tears enough, not now, not ever.

All we can do is the best we can. What is it you want to do before that last day? Before all the time you have left can be measured in heartbeats?

Go do it, or make sure that each day gets you closer to that goal. Procrastination is truly the thief of time – your time.

The only time we have.

But it’s not all about me – or you. Let others know what they mean to you, help them achieve their goals. Tell them you care before their candle is blown out and all you have is left unsaid, and your memory of them is tinged with regret.

Go adopt a pet or donate to a charity. Spend the money that is time bought and paid for by your work hours in a way that makes the world better – and you better. Hug a tree, plant a flower, or dye your hair pink. Become the person you would like to be today, rather than leaving it to an uncertain tomorrow.

And me? Well, I am not much of a people person, but every author appreciates their readers and the strangers that became friends that helped them achieve their goal of a published book. So, thanks to all the friends I have made along this writing journey. Live long and prosper.

About Cindy

Cindy Tomamichel is a multi-genre author, with her SMP series Druid’s Portal a time travel action adventure romance set in Roman Britain. Short stories of fantasy, scifi and romance can be found on her website, where she blogs on aspects of world building. The 30 Organizing Tips for Writers provides much needed help for authors trying to navigate social media and build an author platform. Doing NaNo this year? Check out her free book NaNoWriMo Ready. Or pick up a copy of the free Romance Short Stories.

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About Cindy Tomamichel

Escape the everyday with tales of time travel, romance, fantasy and science fiction. My website blog focuses on world building for scifi, fantasy and historical fiction writers. Wanting help with your author platform? Check out 'The Organized Author' book and services.
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6 Responses to Our Allotted Time

  1. Our time is limited and our sojourn on earth is brief. Great advice! Thank you for sharing.

  2. pamelagibson says:

    Thank you for this reminder.

  3. viola62 says:

    This is so true and so much of my life these days is filled with mundane things keeping me from writing and other things I enjoy.

  4. Sally Brandle says:

    We appreciate you, Cindy. Advice well taken. I am trying to go into old age as a sweet old lady, but it’s a struggle…I’ve been a ‘fixer’ all my life – got my first W2 when I was 15. But one lesson I learned is that the price you pay about caring for a person or critter is the loss and grief you feel when they leave. I’m trying to keep that in mind in my interactions. Thank you for a thoughtful post. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

  5. sueberger3 says:

    Thank you for the reminder. Don’t save the good stuff. Use it now when you can enjoy it. Get that pretty china out. And the good linens. Do people still have linens? An old friend of mine died recently and I hadn’t seen him in about five years. I read of his passing on a Facebook post. And now I am so sorry. It’s very easy to lose touch. I appreciate you.

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