Why does it take a tragedy to make us truly slow down and enjoy life? My stepmom passed away unexpectedly last week and time stopped for a few days while family gathered around to comfort each other and reflect on our childhood and all of the memories we had of my stepmom. One of the men officiating her funeral made the comment that we all need to slow down, not when tragedy strikes, but in everyday life. Our society has begun to glorify ‘busyness’ for some strange reason as if there is some mysterious prize for being the busiest person. I can guarantee in your final moments of life that you are not wishing that you had been busier. In fact, I’ve heard many people speak of those final moments with loved ones and they all say they wished they would have slowed down and enjoyed life more. More than anything my stepmom’s passing has made me realize how precious life truly is and I want to make every moment count and ensure that all of my interactions with people are sincere and positive. My stepmom was full of life and believed earnestly that life was meant to be celebrated. So today and every day I will honor her legacy by slowing down and enjoying life to the fullest. Rest in peace, BigKim. Know you are loved and missed.