• Mark Villani


What will I take with me when I die?

It won’t be that “fancy car” or the “Rolex watch” I already don’t own, nor will it be the “millions of dollars” I currently don’t make.

I won’t be able to take my followers on social media, the likes or the comments.

They might bury me in a designer three piece suit, but it won’t last forever.

The house I live in won’t be there — not the bed I sleep in, or all of my material possessions.

I’ve realized over the last couple of years that all we really have is “family.”

That could mean your literal blood-related family members, your closest friends, your husband or wife, or the countless people we inspire without even knowing we made a difference.

My family is my “everything.”

Some of the greatest lessons I have ever learned come from those nearest and dearest to my heart.

My two older brothers are my biggest mentors. They’ve always taught me how to stay strong, they’ve challenged me, and most of all they’ve made me a better person.

My mom has always taught me the true meaning of kindness and helping others. She’s telepathic. She knows when something isn’t right and she always knows what to say. She’s the sweetest woman I know and she would do anything to make me smile.

My dad is my best friend. He’s my rock and we have so much in common. We both suck at golf, our hairlines are receding faster than ever before (yikes!), and we both wear our hearts on our sleeves.

These are the people I call when I feel lost and need advice. These are the people who taught me everything I know and continue to teach me more about myself and the world around me.

These are “my people.”  I love them with all my heart.

I’ve reached a space in my life where I know I’m not perfect, but I’m comfortable with who I am and confident with where I want to be.

We raise each other up when we fall and we carry each other when we can’t get back up.

That’s what I’ll take with me when I die.

I’ll take the memories and the experiences. I’ll take the laughter, the sadness, the anger and the excitement.

Most of all, I’ll take the love and hold on to it forever.

You never know what someone might be going through or how everything can change in an instant, so we can’t lose sight of what we have right in front of us.

Life is filled with regrets, with mistakes and incorrect decisions. Sometimes it scares us, but it always finds a way of making sense.

A Ferrari doesn’t teach you that -- it doesn’t stay with you forever.

So pick up the phone. Call your "family." Say hi to someone today and tell that person how much you love them. Hold on and cherish this time.

Memories, lessons learned and those true to you will always last a lifetime.

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