Time goes by so fast.

You turn around, and it’s the end of the day. A week…a month…a year goes by… and before you know it a decade has passed.

Enjoy every moment. Treasure every true friend. For every one of us this is certain; none of us will escape the finite time we’ve drawn.

I personally have been invigorated over the past year. Experiencing both sides of mortality in such a short window is oddly beautiful.

Abrupt endings of life…make inspired new beginnings that much more powerful. It has increased the passion in which I approach my day’s work. Extend compassion towards the few family, friends, and acquaintances I have. And just makes me want to work my ass off for every good experience I can have. In this mindset, material possessions are so trivial.

Abrupt endings of life…make inspired new beginnings that much more powerful.

Most of all, it has empowered me to love every fragile moment I share with my own small “Cotten Clan.” Make them proud. Be a man worth respecting, worth following, worth loving.

I can’t help but believe Samantha and I are dream building. What can bring true value to our lives? To our children and grandchildren? I will be truly happy in this world when I can hear the laughter of my grandchildren as we play football in the yard.

That is a moment I will truly cherish, and as they play I hope that one day…they too will learn that it’s these moments that are what life is all about.