My aunt passed away after loosing her battle with cancer and well- I’ve been really sad. But while I realize that this is a part of life- attending her memorial service, spending time with family and new friends- is all the good that comes out of this kind of situation. My aunt Carole was an amazing person; she was smart, creative, funny, loving- I mean the list goes on and I have so many wonderful memories of her.
I guess what I’ve really been able to take away from the situation is that we all can be better people. I heard her friends talk about how caring and fun she was and it just made me want to be better connected. I want to be a better friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, better listener, judge less, love more, and say yes more.
Life is hard, scary, wonderful, exciting, chaotic, and amazing all in one. And it’s so important to be awake. To breathe and be aware of each moment instead of being stressed, worried, and unhappy all the time. We have the ability to choose what we do and where we want to go. Life is short and it’s about what you make of it.
So where do you want to go?
Here are a few things I plan on doing live more vibrantly:
Read more. Hike more. Plant my fire escape garden. Volunteer. Have more girls nights. Singe more karaoke. Get organized. Send snail mail. Meditate. Drink more green juice and stop drinking coffee. Art journal. Actually learn how to use my sewing machine. Have a book club. Host a dinner party. Take a pottery or painting class. Call my granny more often. See my family in California and Indiana. There’s more but these are the first few that came to mind and of course seeing these precious children in the pictures. They’re in Cali.
“You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.” – Barbara Hall