In the last 6 months three of us in the Write Tribe group have lost our Moms. Yesterday, our neighbour passed away – almost in front of our eyes, in a tragic and shocking way. Yes, he was 75 years old, but that doesn’t make it any less shocking. On 26th January, I got news of a lovely girl – someone who I hardly spent even a day with – but who I connected with a lot – dying of a heart attack. Both deaths called me to reflect and wonder if we are afraid to die or afraid to live:
Every man dies. Not every man really lives. William Wallace
Of my friend, S, I can safely say that she was not afraid to live – she lived life to the fullest, loved deeply and laughed a lot. When I read these words yesterday, I knew they were about her.
“She was a beautiful dreamer. The kind of girl, who kept her head in the clouds, loved above the stars and left regret beneath the earth she walked on.” ― Robert M. Drake
One friend of S’s messaged me informing me of her passing and saying that she had heard from S about my blog. S herself was a trained journalist and her writing was beautiful. To know that she spoke warmly about me and shared about my blog, made me want to reach across the stars and thank her not just for this, but for being a great example of living life large!
I know I’m being reminded, pushed and prodded to do something – to shed my inhibitions, to live life fully, to follow my heart a lot more, to live with passion. Hey Mr Universe, I am listening. I truly am.
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Prompts for Friday 2 Feb 2018
1. Something significant that has happened to you in the last week/ month
2. “Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes” – Hugh Prather
3. Picture prompt (image via Corinne Rodrigues)
Is a life a teacher and death the concluding chapter, I wonder. Or does it spill beyond that, I dont know. But all I know is life is to be lived, whether it has happy moments or challenges. I am an eternally optimistic person beyond correction and always feel that God has great plans while indulging me in moments of glory or when compelling me to go beyond my comfort zones.
Corinne, I know all these thoughts have nothing to do with your post. But these were the thoughts that occurred to me when I sat reflecting on it before posting the comment. A post that makes one think, reflect, is always a great post!
Very sorry to hear about your friend. I don’t fear death, just the sadness of leaving loved ones behind. And life has taught me that what will be will be so best to live life one day at a time.
So sorry to hear about your friend’s loss. Middle age is the season of loss, as the earlier generation passes on. My friend lost her mom the day before as well, and I’ve been thinking about her.