“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
You never ever know what is around the corner. No matter how well planned I thought my life was, it really threw me a few curve balls this year. When my aunt called me last summer to tell me that my father, who I adore, had unexpectedly fallen into a coma, I'd never felt so alone. When he died three days later, it made me realize that I really do have only one life. I decided that I need to live it to the fullest and...

  • Tell the people who are most important to me how I feel about them – because I never know when I'll see them next
  • Learn how to surf off the coast of southern California
  • Look on the bright side as much as possible…there just isn't enough time to worry about the little problems in life
  • Start my own PR company…or marketing company…or non-profit literacy foundation…I haven't quite narrowed it down yet, but trust me, I'll think of something
  • Learn to speak Spanish – you never know when that might be handy
  • Stay in touch with friends and family no matter how busy I become
  • Wake up every day and be thankful for everything that I have been blessed with and try to give some of that back to my family and community

In memory of Robert Joseph Schlaff
December 16, 1927 – July 24, 2001

— Kathleen Schlaff