I recently read the following online (incorrectly attributed to Steve Jobs prior to his death, but powerful no matter who wrote it):
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbors.
This post really hit me hard. I found myself getting caught up in a lot of the “stuff” that isn’t really important and it drained me emotionally and physically. I had a very consistent season in triathlon and I achieved the goals I set going into 2015 in sport.
If someone had told me on January 1st, 2015 that I would have the year I had in sport then I would have said I would be 100% happy in life. Well, I learned by the end of the year that even after reaching the financial and athletic goals I set for myself I was not completely happy. I was missing something and I still do not really feel complete.
My goal for 2016 is to step back and really focus on the things that are important in life- my relationship with my family, my interactions with my peers, and giving back to others. Racing triathlon as a professional is hard because of the demanding training schedule and constant travel. During 2015 I saw my younger brother (top photo) a total of 10 days, my parents probably around 15 and my grandparents only 4. All you really have in life is your family and your health.
I plan on making more time for my family and friends along with sharing my knowledge of sport and with others who are eager to learn. In 2016, I will surround myself only with those who bring positivity and I will remind myself that triathlon should not consume every second of my life. I want to live and enjoy the people I have in my life. Of course triathlon will always be a priority to me; however, my family and my relationships with others comes first.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far.
I hope 2016 brings happiness, love, and success to you all!