In a post two weeks ago, I mentioned that my cousin Markus had passed away suddenly. I hadn’t seen him in a long time, but his death was a shock. It reminded me about the importance of living life boldly (not recklessly) and, more importantly, being true to [your] self. Or, I like to think of it like this: live your life your way, by your own rules, and ignore all the noise and opinions of other people.
As Markus’s family, friends, and colleagues gathered on 24 June to celebrate his life, people talked about his kindness, his generosity, how he loved you for you, his body-crushing hugs. We all came away promising to carry on Markus’s legacy by being a little more kind, a little more generous. Or, as a LinkedIn user put it, ‘[…] to be a Markus Templer.’
The Russia-Ukraine war, the aftermath of overturning Roe vs. Wade, the still lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the divisiveness of politics… People are angry, tired, frustrated, burnt out (and more), but imagine what the world could look like if we could be just a little kinder to each other.
So, I am trying to be kinder to the people I meet because I never really know what they’re going through, kinder to myself. Because, as Desmond Tutu counselled: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Together, let’s overwhelm the world…