Give People Their Flowers Now
During Fall 2011, I enrolled in Metropolitan College of New York where I was working on receiving my MBA in General Management and Entrepreneurship. Plus I got a job in a shoe salon inside of a department store so the kid was busy from sun up to sun down. As you know, working at a department store is like attending high school; there are a million people there and you might not see the same person twice. However, I was fortunate enough to make some friends and one in particular who I could never forget about was Janae.
Janae was the store manager for a clothing brand that was right next to the shoe salon I worked in. I was literally going over there every day to visit my friend Q and eventually I became friends with everyone. It even got to a point where Janae would come pulled me from my department just to help her out if she was short staffed. Janae was like an older sister to me who I could talk to about any and everything and for that, I was thankful for it.
Janae decided to leave the company and as usual, time continued to go on as any other day would. One day Janae decided to visit her team/friends and possibly grab something to eat. As soon as I saw her I was so excited! I mean I haven't seen her in maybe a year or two. She wanted to take me to lunch but at the moment it was so busy and I didn't want to miss out on making any sales. At that time my checks were based on how much I sold so every minute counted. She understood and gave me hug and told me to make sure I hit her up so we could catch up soon. I agreed and went back to the floor, scouting for my next customer.
A couple weeks later I came to work and found out that Janae was found dead in her apartment. I couldn't believe it. I literally passed out in the stock room because I was shocked. I felt so guilty and ashamed for not wanting to go to lunch with her all because I wanted to make more money. I realized at that moment that life is too short and sometimes we need to take a moment to just enjoy it.
The reason why I wanted to share this story is that it was just announced that rapper XXXTentacion was pronounced dead earlier today. Did I know his music? No. Was I fan? No. But I do know he touched thousands of people especially young kids and it's just sad to see someone life taken so soon. Remind you he was only twenty years old. Many celebs are sharing their condolences and I just think during this crazy world we live in, we need to start giving people their flowers while they are still here.
I know that I am guilty of not checking in with my loved ones as often as I should and honestly there is no excuse why. This is something I am constantly working on. But I do know that everything has an expiration date on it including us so let's make sure that we don't get too busy for those special moments that could last a lifetime. Plus, you just never know what people are battling on the inside.