We were quite busy the last few weeks. As always just before the new season starts. Trying to make everything bright and clean again, maintenance, buying all kinds of stuff that we need for our first guests. “Didn’t we forget anything?” is one of the most used phrases in that period. It all leads to this moment of pride about our achievements equally in the last few weeks, as well as since we started our venture here almost 5 years ago. Our hard work has paid off.
Then you get the message that shocks you, that makes all the above unimportant: A colleague who has a comparable business like ours close by has died at the age of 53. She had been hospitalized for 2 days because of pneumonia…. She leaves two teenage daughters behind and a mother in her late 70s that immediately decided to come over from Holland to take care of the girls and the business. “Horrible” is the only word that came to mind and still does.
Then, only a few days later we read in a newspaper that another colleague died age 52 while mountain biking. He and his wife recently left the hectic pace of live in the Netherlands as well and started a also a Bed & Breakfast, close to Malaga. Another situation, the same grief.
I believe that dream followers like them and us may try even more (than average) to seize the day. And yet it ends the same for all, as Death is the great equalizer. We all have unique experiences in life, but we each succumb to the same final fate. Rich or poor, strong or weak, exalted or scorned; everyone is humbled when faced with his own mortality. Death does not play favourites, and Death will find everyone. Though often frightening, some argue that the thought of death also heightens appreciation of life. Indeed, knowing that time on earth is limited can motivate people to take risks. The term “carpe diem” implies that life is short and every moment must be captured before it expires. So let’s do that and may be even Carpe Horam.