A dear friend of mine passed away recently. I found her death to be profoundly sobering. When we first met she was in remission. Four years later her brain cancer came back aggressively and within months she lost her battle. She was only 35 years old.
And I sit here writing this post as a tribute to her, because I’m not ready to let go. I reminisce of our working days together and her contagious laugh…And all the while I ponder…How JUST is life?
We all have our battles, we all have our struggles.
But the blatant truth that puts life into perspective is that we are all going to die.
Sadly, some people’s expiration dates are shorter than others, some would say premature even.
During her remission years, my friend was a positive soul who glowed of happiness. I admired her for that. Perhaps a close encounter with death grows one’s appreciation for how unique life is. And perhaps some people enter our lives merely to enhance them, as she did mine.
No one knows when their time is up. No one knows what the future holds. But if there is one thing we can take from all of this is that we only get one life on this beautiful planet.
And we all have a choice to:
- Embrace each day with positivity and happiness
- Talk to the people who are important in our lives and tell them we love them
- Be honest, kind, and compassionate
- Live to touch as many lives as we can
What has been engraved on my soul is that life is bittersweet. And as simple as it sounds, life is short.
But the focus and appreciation for what is important in my life hasn’t been stronger and I know it’s because of the people in it; those that have gone, and those that are still here.
So as I farewell my dear friend whose memories and laughter will forever live on in my heart, I will embrace the living as it is the people around me who make this journey of mine so unique.