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UNFORGETTABLE PEOPLE (Andrew Wilson 1960-2016)

Eventually even our heroes and legends pass away from this earth, but not from our minds

And our hearts will always remember their presence in our lives

Your heroes and legends are yours,

They do not have to be famous

Just you need to know how important a part they play in your life.

No one can predict when it is time,to leave the one we love,

And the question asked is, “Why, is it necessary for such a change?”

Sorrow is caused by the happiness of our memories, but we should be glad for the time we had

And sadness should only ensue when your hero, passes from your mind, not from our earth

We think Andrew wrote the above poem while he was at University. It was found after he passed away earlier this year after he lost his battle with cancer. I had the honour of reading it at the Church Service.

I had known him for almost 20 years and our families had had some great times together.

In the two years following being diagnosed, Andrew lived his life at 100 kilometres an hour.  Just as he had before he knew he was sick. Nothing changed in that he carried on living his life exactly the way he wanted.  He travelled and worked and wined and dined and stayed the same larger than life character we had always known.

At the Church service people were honest about his character with one friend quoting his wife after she first met Andrew “He’s the rudest man I’ve ever met”.  Everyone in the church laughed because it was true! He was rude and blunt and certainly not for the faint-hearted.  I think it was his way of sorting the weak from the resilient.

Three people spoke about Andrew at the Church Service and after each person finished the congregation clapped!  I had never experienced that before at a funeral.  They gave truthful, entertaining recounts of stories from over the years.

For those of us who knew him well, he was kind and considerate and pretty much a marshmallow on the inside.  He had high expectations of his friends and you had to meet them or you heard about it!

Andrew taught me a lot about life about resilience and positive attitude, about embracing life & opportunities and living each day to the fullest. He worked hard and played hard. Ultimately, he showed me how to live a life with no regrets.

My question to you, is how do you rank of the scale of regrets.  Are you embracing life, spending time with the right people and taking advantage of every opportunity? If not, why not? What do you need to change?

Andrew left a loving wife, two wonderful children and a lot of broken-hearted friends. Like so many others before him, if he had his choice, he’d still be here.

Life is temporary – we don’t know how long we’re going to be here.  Make the most of it! Give the best of yourself to You and to those you love.

Glenise Anderson is a Trainer, Speaker and Coach.  Her company Self Confident Women focuses on Soft Skills training particularly around Confidence and Communication.  Her new membership site offers an abundance of e-learning modules for the busy woman.  Glenise’s company SR Group works with businesses wanting to develop their staff.

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