Day 20,089 – An Actual Birthday!

CemeteryLife has a way of presenting opportunity.

My work sometimes requires me to travel, and today I find myself celebrating my fifty-fifth birthday in a place I would never have expected – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

While my work brought me here, it was my most special friend, my wife, who made it into a birthday celebration. Upon learning of the conference, she immediately got her passport and we planned a pre-conference visit, which has been incredible!

Today we went to the cemetery in the Recoleta district. In this case, the cemetery is just a part of the venue, here there was an incredible craft show that happens every weekend. Leathers, jewelry, wool, pottery, and all sorts of creative treasures were everywhere. So much that we could not see it all in the few hours we roamed.

Behind all the vendor stalls is the actual cemetery, resting place of thousands, including the most famous of Argentine notaries, Eva Duarte de Peron.

Dead is dead. All the memorials, the crypts, the mausoleums were built in some sort of remembrance of those gone by. Today, I saw cats roaming the rows of memorials, people looking for names they knew, and an unmistakable quiet once I passed through the gates into the actual cemetery. As in New Orleans, these above-ground resting places just bring the realization of death a little more visible. It’s not terrible, its not the worst thing that will ever happen, it is just the last thing in our connection to those who are living. Inevitable. cemetery2

Having said that, I also feel like there is so much more to do, more to accomplish than in the thousands of days gone past thus far.

Your time is there for you every day.

Take care of the kids, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

A life’s worth of learning keeps going until the life is gone. So many can benefit from what you learn, from what you see.

It’s probably a good thing to have lived such a life that people remember you in death, that they choose to remember you from time to time. But I think I would rather help others today, not in spirit, but in reality.

Do you give back? Don’t wait until the end to be remembered, do something memorable each day. It doesn’t have to be huge or world-changing, it just has to be something about you.

3 Responses to Day 20,089 – An Actual Birthday!
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  2. stephanieNo Gravatar
    October 20, 2010 | 1:45 pm

    I had my birthday there too! 4/23. 🙂

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    timNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes, I remember. Too bad our paths didn’t cross that week, Barbara and I were hoping to meet you.
    Thanks for stopping by – I really need to get this blog going again!

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