Do you ever wonder why you have the qualities you have? My mom absolutely adored jewelry, I know that's where I inherited that trait. When my parents married, my dad couldn't afford an engagement ring, she wore a simple gold band for many years. I remember, though, her delight when he presented a diamond to her more than 20 years after they were married. Later, he gave her all kinds of jewelry - rubies, diamonds, sapphires; she loved it all.
In my mom's later years, she suffered from dementia. But even in her "not quite there" state of being, she still wore her jewelry, right up until the very end. Costume, real, it didn't matter. She didn't go anywhere without her bling. The attendants knew better than to try to get her out of her room without any earrings!
My mother was ill for so long, she suffered immeasurably. When I received the call from my sister that she had passed, it wasn't a surprise. My sister had my mom's outfit planned, and in discussion, I offered to make the earrings she would wear forever. While I was making them, I thought of the irony - the only pair of earrings she would have from me were the ones she'd never see. And I kicked myself for not having made her anything while she was alive to enjoy them. What kept me back?
Fear that my own mother wouldn't like something I made for her. Ridiculous, isn't it? What mother wouldn't like something made by their child? I still have a wooden heart pin that has fabric glued to the front that my son made for me in preschool. (p.s., he's 17) And so, this message is to everyone out there who may drag their heels because not doing something is easier than putting yourself out there.
Do it. Whatever it is, take the opportunity. You may not get a second chance. Live your life with NO REGRETS! If you like the message this story brings, feel free to share.