We must remember what’s most important in our lives

A GREAT LOSS Dame Elizabeth Taylor
A GREAT LOSS Dame Elizabeth Taylor

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My mum and dad have always told me that I should live each day as if it’s my last.

‘Life’s short so make sure you live it’ is their mantra. As much as I’ve always tried to live by this, the stresses, pressures and demands of everyday life make it near impossible.

Hearing the news of Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s death this week got me thinking that here was a woman who certainly packed a lot into her life.

What a loss – another Hollywood great gone at 79 (which really isn’t that old these days).

Everyone knows about Liz Taylor. Whatever generation you are, she means something. To me, she always seemed the kind of person who you’d be happy to sit down with and have a cuppa, huge star or not.

Like other big showbiz names we’ve lost such as Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze, Liz will be remembered not only for lighting up the big screen but for her incredible charity work – in her case, the issue of Aids/HIV.

When you look back on the deaths of some of the world’s greatest stars – or on the deaths of your own friends and family – it does make you sit up and think about what’s important in your life.

Does it really matter if you don’t have much money in the bank? Does it matter if you’ve not managed to get to the gym this week, or that you’ve forgotten to run a particular errand? In the grand scheme of things, not really.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we must all try to remember what’s important in our lives.

When you find yourself getting angry, upset or frustrated by things that happen at work, at home or when you’re out and about, try to put them in perspective.

What really matters is that we make every day count with the people that count.

She may have been one of the world’s biggest stars, but Liz Taylor spent her last days surrounded by just her family and close friends (and three of her husbands).

To me, that’s the the way it’s meant to be. Strip back all the fame and fortune, the glitz and glamour. Just like all of us, what’s important is the people we love in our lives.