One week ago today, my coworker’s daughter was killed in a car accident. She was only 29 years old… her life cut short in an instant.
I think about this type of stuff sometimes, how tomorrow is never guaranteed. The details may be different, but the end result is always the same. We never know when our last day will come. And with each day that passes, we’re one day closer to our last.
Acknowledging our impermanence is a huge factor in our desire for an early retirement. We’re not going to be here forever. Assuming at least some decline in mobility and cognition as we age, we’ve already used up roughly half of our most functional time on this earth.
Though there is still so much we’d like to experience, there is no promise we will get the chance. A tragic event like the one above emphasizes the need to get our affairs in order. At 29, my coworker’s daughter was Mrs. DTG’s age and four years younger than me. While coping with this devastating loss, her friends and family will also need to pick up the pieces of her life she left behind. Was she married? Did she have kids? What will happen with all her possessions? Did she have a will or life insurance?
Back in October, a blogger friend posted about estate planning and what they’d done to prepare for the inevitable. Recognizing that this is an area we’ve been neglecting, I commented on the post and stated a goal to draft our wills by the end of the year. I thought making a public proclamation would provide enough motivation to finally get this done. Unfortunately, it did not. Life happened and this necessary and important task was put on the backburner once again.
This isn’t something we can keep brushing off. We have three kids, three houses, and too many investments and possessions that would be left behind without any clear direction. Our wills need to be written now. This has to be a priority.
Over the weekend, I downloaded a will worksheet from the legal office of the military base we are currently assigned. Once we complete the worksheet, we will schedule an appointment to have the documents finalized. At that point, we’ll have an officially documented last will and testament, living will, as well as medical and general powers of attorney.
No one ever wants to think about their own death, especially at a relatively young age. Even so, it could happen at any time. When it does, there will be a lot for others to take care of and we owe it to them to lay out our desires as clearly as possible.
If you’re like us and haven’t made the time to do this, please join us in our goal to get this done ASAP.