Some of our “younger” alumni have recently passed away, and it brings to mind the saying “Never get so busy making a living that your forget to make a life.” We can get so wrapped up in the day to day things, working multiple jobs to make ends meet, raising kids, mowing the lawn, doing the laundry, making dinner, etc. that we don’t take the time to reach out and connect with people we care about. Then, before you know it, they are gone. Now, this is not a blog to depress everyone. On the contrary. This is just a friendly reminder to tell you that the lawn can wait. The laundry can wait (unless you are out of the necessities..lol). Take a minute and make a phone call, send a text, or reach out through Facebook messenger. Whatever works for you. BUT REACH OUT. It is work, keeping in touch with people. Making the effort is not easy with all of life’s distractions. I am here to tell you it is worth it. My best friend passed away last week and it was unexpected. Not easy to process. However, I had one thing to fall back on. I had just seen her 2 weeks prior and I had told her that I loved her. That has given me some peace during this grieving process. Our class has a monthly dinner out. We call it the “81 Crew.” We pick a restaurant, people order off the menu and pay for their own meals. Spouses are always welcome. Very casual. Some months there are 3 of us. some months there are 17. It is a time for us to reconnect. See how we are doing, ask about family. Everybody’s got to eat…why not do it across the table from a friend? Our next 81 Crew dinner is scheduled, ironically, the night before the celebration of life for our friend. A few extra classmates are going to be in town for the celebration of life, so they will be able to join us at dinner. It will be nice to sit and chat. I challenge you to think of one person you haven’t contacted for over a year…connect with them today. You won’t regret it. Oh, and when you are done connecting with them, I hear your lawn needs to be mowed….LOL.