A death at work
Monday, February 22, 2010
A man who works in my office, just two years older than me - he was 51, died last night of a heart attack. He left behind 5 children age 18 and under. He had several health issues, including being over weight, high blood pressure and some heart problems I believe. But to die that young and suddenly - it was a shock to everyone, especially I am sure to his family and my heart goes out to his children.
It's a reminder for me that this journey I am on isn't just about fitting into size 8 jeans- and staying there - but it's so I don't develop things like high blood pressure and diabetes - two conditions I was steamrolling toward a year and a half ago, and so that I live as long and as healthy a life as possible. It's literally a matter of life and death, somthing I sometimes forget while I am groaning over facing another workout or grumbling as I pass up the chocolate cake. Even though my children are older than his, I still want to be there for them - and for my granchildren. 51 is way too young to say goodbye.