If you had told me at age 16 that I would have a good relationship with my father, I would never have believed you. I think we all have felt this way at some point in time, and maybe not with just our fathers, maybe with our mothers or perhaps both. It’s strange how one small moment in time can can change all that in an instant. Old grievances just don’t seem as important, anger that has been held onto can be let go.
At the age of 27 I received a call from my mom saying that dad was going in for a quadruple bi-pass and that I might want to meet her at the hospital. It was at that moment my life changed. I couldn’t remember why I had been so angry, and why that anger had been so important to me. All I wanted was to be able to talk to him one last time. To make a long story short he make it through the surgery and through the recovery as well. But it wasn’t just my life that changed, it was his as well. Also realizing that life is too short he slowly became the father that I had always wanted. At now at the age 34 I can honestly say that not all has been mended but most, and I realized that not only did I have to forgive I also had to ask for forgiveness.
Life is too short. If there is anyone in your life that you need to reconnect with please do so. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Is it worth the risk of not being able to tell someone how you truly feel about them before it’s too late?
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