I was 19 1/2 years old when my dad died. I’ve spent nearly half my life without him. He did not walk me down the aisle on my wedding day. He did not watch me graduate from college. He did not see me teach in the classroom. He has not met my husband or my sons. I feel like he’s missed the best part of me because all those early years and teenage years can be just awful, can’t they? In addition to losing my father, I’ve lost many, many other family members and dear friends. Some went before their time and others passed as the end of their life approached. Regardless, I am well aware of the pain that accompanies death. Because of this awareness that is ever-present in my life, I’m all about cherishing people and making the most of each opportunity that presents itself to me. Not trying to sound morbid or to trying to copy Tim McGraw, but I try to live like I’m dyin’ everyday. And what that means to me is that when my 4-year old asks me to come read him a book when I really want to watch TV, I read the book. When I want to respond to someone rudely because they treated me rudely, I turn on the smile and tell them to have a good day. When my 9-year old wants me to lay with him at night before he dozes off, I do. When I spill my entire cup of coffee with peppermint mocha creamer in it all over my bedside table, wall and carpet, I don’t panic and just clean it up. When my husband asks me to join him on the porch for coffee, you better believe I’m there. Even if Dancing With The Stars is on TV. We all have things in our lives that need to be adjusted. What do you need to do different in your life to make sure you don’t miss the important?