In honor of fellow Crimson author, April 2, 2014 is Kay Rogal Day and from April 1-7, Kay’s novel “Full Circle” will be on sale for 99-cents per download for Kindle. She was a talented author plucked from earth too soon.
This year, 2014, seems to be a year of illness and loss. Maybe it’s growing older or maybe it’s a cycle. The Chinese Year of the Horse, is supposed to be a realignment of life and a time for change. Negatives may be turned into positives.
The recent unexpected loss of fellow Crimson author, Kay Rogal (Brenda Kaylor Longstreth) was a wake-up call. A tragic car accident took Kay far too early, in the prime of her life and in the midst of a new writing career. We never expect a life so full of promise to end so abruptly.
Any one of us could have been Kay. None of knows when our lives on earth will be taken. We always think death happens to “the other guy” and not to us. Yet, each of us will face our demise. It’s part of being mortal, of being human. We just never think about it. We just live as if we have forever.
Maybe focusing on living and not dying is a good thing. Yet, it can breed procrastination.
We are often like Scarlet with “tomorrow is another day” as our mantra. What if we haven’t tomorrow?
“Never put off for tomorrow for what you can do today.”
Yet, we have calendars jotted with future obligations. We have goals and dreams for the future. As an author, there are works in progress, new ideas, research for future projects, marketing strategies, events and schedules. There are books yet to be written and successes yet to be attained.
A day is only 24 hours long and we pack those hours in with sleep, housework, family, jobs, writing and entertainment. If we knew that we only had 24 hours left in our lives, what would we choose to do? Where would our priorities be? Would we be angry? Philosophical? Grateful for the time we were given?
There are those who live in the past, others who live for the future and those who live for the moment. I end to live for the moment with my eyes focused on the future. Which one are you?
What would Kay’s advice be?
Hug our family members, friends and pets and show them how much we love them? Write more and pack more into the time we have here on earth? Life is precious and should be cherished? Live in the moment?
How could we honor Kay?
To write and keep writing? To not give up on our dreams? To believe in “happily ever after?”