Hey peeps. Yesterday I read online about the death of popular Nigerian songstress, Goldie. She was just 31 years old. The news hit me rather hard which surprised me because I didn't really know any of her music or much about her besides what I had read on blogs. What struck me was the fact that she was seemingly fine one second and then the next second she passed out, was rushed to the hospital, and pronounced dead on arrival. Just like that she's gone. Her parents have lost their daughter, her siblings their sister, her loved ones their friend, and her husband his wife.
A lot of people have commented about how untimely her death is but I really have to wonder, how untimely was it? I know society tells us that if we eat right and exercise we'll live long lives, or that if we pay for enough plastic surgery we'll remain "young-looking" longer, or that on our birthday all the wishes of "Long life and prosperity!" mean much, but the truth is that no matter what we do none of us have any control over how long we're going to be here. You could go to sleep and not wake up. You could get into a car accident one day or have a heart attack and just like that, you're gone. Anything can happen to us at any time yet too many of us act like tomorrow is promised.
The passing of Goldie, and others I've know throughout my life, tells me that it's TIME TO STOP WASTING TIME. Forget about tomorrow people. If you have a dream that you've put on the back-burner pursue it NOW. If you've had a falling out with a family member or close friend, fix it NOW. If you always felt bad for the poor or the hungry and figured one day you'd help, find out what you can do to help NOW. If you want to become a better person and get closer to God, start communicating with him through prayer NOW.
We're running out of time people, let's try our best to cut down on the regrets we'll have to carry into the next life. My hope is that Goldie didn't have too many regrets; may her soul Rest In Peace. I'm going to leave you with a few lines from one of my favorite songs "Live Like We're Dying" by Kris Allen:
"Yeah, we gotta start
looking at the hands of the time we've been given
if this is all we got and we gotta start thinking
if every second counts on a clock that's ticking
gotta live like we're dying."