Good afternoon and Happy Monday! Can you believe it is Monday already? More so, can you believe we are half way through September already?
I will have to admit that the motivation level is low today as I am coming out of a pretty painful and emotional weekend. Not only was this weekend the one year anniversary of my grandfather’s passing, but I also had to say goodbye to one of my closest friends who lost her battle with cancer. This weekend rattled me and I am still trying to wrap my head around everything.
For me, one of the craziest things about watching your loved ones fall ill is that no matter how long they fight while here on Earth, that time will never prepare you for the reality of actually losing them. It is proof that time is precious and the respect that you should have for time is imperative.
Losing someone so early in their life is hard to swallow. Immediately my mind goes to all of the things she must have wanted to do, places she wanted to go and the people she wanted to meet. It doesn’t seem fair that life can just snatch that time right out from under you and keep you from checking off all of those ‘wants’ from your bucket list. With that being said, I would like to think that my friend caught a glimpse of all the amazing things that she did get to do while she was here. I hope that she remembered all of the time that she did have here on Earth and how wonderfully she spent it. Sure, maybe she didn’t get to cruise the Mediterranean like she wanted to, but she did renew her vows with the love of her life on the white Jamaican sand. Maybe she didn’t get to watch all of her favorite musicians live in concert, but she did get to raise 3 gorgeous children (and did a damn good job doing so).
I’d like to think that there are people out there who would look at my friend’s life and actually envy it. While not nearly as long as it should have been, her life was an awesome one and filled with memories that not everyone is lucky enough to experience in a lifetime even twice as long as hers. When I look back at the time that I have known her and her family, all I see are happy memories with family, friends and lots of inside jokes. This is the time that I think is more important; the time that we had with her, not the time that she lost.
Her smile was compelling, her laughter was contagious and her spirit was captivating. To the woman who didn’t need a lifetime to leave an impression – we miss and love you.
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