Find Your Something and DO IT

I showed a house the other day. The homeowners were there to give my buyers and me access. They were a loving, elderly couple who lived in the house for decades. The wife excused herself to the garden as soon as we arrived. The husband was in the garage tinkering with some mechanical thing. He put out his hand, thick with labor and permanently stained and clasped mine in a hearty handshake.

After we toured the home, I stopped back in the garage to ask the homeowner a few questions. We got to talking about the house, the kids he raised there and why they were moving. Although they were both very spry, it is a large house and is becoming too much to care for. Besides, the kids moved out of state and it would be wonderful to be closer to the grandkids.

“You know,” he said, “I always wanted to live near the water. But when we were young, with our little family, we thought it would be too much to take care of. ‘When the kids get older, we’ll get a house by the water,’ we said. The kids got older and so did we. We said we’ll pick a nice little cottage by the water to retire to.” He paused for a moment then with a little smile said, “I never would have thought that instead of picking which beach we wanted to be near, we are picking our home based on how close we’ll be to a good hospital…I guess we waited a little too long for that house by the water, huh?”

Walking through their home, looking into their eyes, I can tell that they had a beautiful life there. But I was struck by sadness when this strong, sweet old man said that he is choosing a home near hospital rather than achieving his dream of a home by the sea. Thankfully, he seems better with that thought than I am. I guess it just made me wonder how many people put off obtaining the things they dream of having because there will always be time for it later. Sometimes there is…but more often there isn’t.

On the the anniversary of September 11th, I am thinking of those 3,000+ people who thought there would still be time…to start a family…to catch up with an old high school friend…to live in that waterfront home. As we honor our fallen, figure out what your “something” is and just DO IT.

As seen in the Islip Herald

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