Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Life is fleeting

Today I received calls from friends in the industry about the sudden death of a fellow associate. He suffered from a heart attack. He was at the prime of his life.

I don't know him very well but I remember him as one of the first people I met when I started out in this industry. His knowledge and experience impressed me and I left the meeting in awe. He gave me inspiration and the assurance that I had entered the right business.

He made a mark in the industry and left behind a successful business for his partner to carry on. He was a friendly and well-liked man. Thinking about his demise makes me very sad even though we had not met or talked for many years. I find it hard to accept that our first meeting was at a coffee lounge and the next one would be a final goodbye at the funeral parlour.

Several years ago, another prominent industry player whom I had business dealings with also died suddenly of a heart attack. At that time, everyone expressed shock and spoke fondly of him and how he would be missed. He also left behind his wife, young kids and a successful business.

Seeing their demise reminds me of the fragility of life. I don't want to sound too morbid but it makes me think about my own death. What will happen to the kids if I suddenly drop dead? Will my colleague carry on with the business and help to see my kids through tertiary education?

Thinking about all this makes me want to draw up a will immediately but when tomorrow comes and we're back to the daily grind, everything is forgotten, just like the people who had gone to another world.

6 comments:

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

not sure if i've made the right comment, but is YK or SK interested in your company? if yes, maybe train them up for it?

personally, i feel making a will is important so things will be clear if anything bad happens. if, i mean.

its sad to see kind people go, but do hold yourself up. u're one great person too! =)

Blur Ting said...

Fry - I doubt the kids are interested. YK wants to work in the health sector while SK likes architecture. I am not sure about the future of this industry as it is getting increasingly competitive.

I know, I have been wanting to make a will but keep procrastinating. I have a succession plan but just need to put it in writing.

The Real Mother Hen said...

Life is very unpredictable :(

huier said...

Executing your plan is a start! It's not a taboo but a reality we all must come to term one day, any one day. Put your mind at ease, the least...

The World According To Me said...

Oh dear. That's sad news. It does make you think about your own mortality, doesn't it. But then again, it's prob best not to dwell on these things.

jyankee said...

Those things happen don't they? It sometimes makes you wonder if it was worth it (for them I mean). But in the end..if they were doing what they loved, then that is all that matters. The 2nd is if they left this world with their family taken care of... I think wills are important and never to late to draft one up... because...life is like that...