This is beautiful and so sad.
It's heartbreaking and life-affirming.
It made me cry.
"Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they
belong to the past."
"The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals
of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the
vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little
interest: a chasing after wind, indeed. Yet one thing cannot be robbed of her futurity: my daughter, Cady. I hope I’ll live long enough that she has some memory of me."
Do read the whole thing.