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Are You Borrowing Time?

When you were little, did you have a family member that would always say weird things to you? I wrote a story about this some time ago on Medium.com


Grandpa’s Stories At dinner, when I was young, my grandfather used to say… medium.com

Explaining all of the silly things my grandfather used to say to me when I was young.



One thing I used to be told by my grandmother though… has stuck with me throughout the years.

Don’t waste your borrowed time.

When I was young, I had no idea what this meant. Really didn’t give it much thought, and to be honest… didn’t care. It wasn’t until I grew, and my grandmother started to become ill, that I really thought about what those words meant.

I asked my mother why grandma always used to say that to me and not my brothers. Because you’re on borrowed time.

Okay… What is borrowed time then?




Borrowed time is time you otherwise would not have had. Normally when someone is in danger of death and beats it… they call the remainder of their lives — Borrowed time. For those new to my work. Before I was 9-months old, I was very ill. I looked malnutritional and my grandparents even contacted child protective services on my behalf. At one point, I died.


Yes, only for a moment, but it happened. They were at their wits end and did not know what else to do.

It took over a dozen medical tests before a doctor suggested they try looking for Celiac Disease. This was not common in children my age, which is why no one thought to test for it before. And behold. My illness was found.


Are you borrowing time?

If you are, are you living every day like it’s a gift?

Even if you’re not borrowing time, you should do this. We never know when our lives are going to end. We never know when our last chapter will get written. So, while we still have the pen, let’s make it a good story.

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla


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