Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Life in Perspective

Alright y'all, this hump day is going to get deep. A little bit different from my generally lighthearted, happy-go-lucky posts as of lately. I want to talk about perspective and life.

Yesterday I found out that an old family friend's mom passed away. Her mom was not that old. Her mom was in good health {as far as we're aware}. Her mom was a caring, giving, wonderful person who took care of me so many times growing up. And in the blink of an eye, she's gone. Just like that. I am shocked and devastated.

It's been years, years since I've seen their family. Growing up in Virginia, I saw them often. Our moms were dear friends and colleagues. We spent the night at each others home...even on school nights when one of our moms had to work the night shift at the hospital. After we moved to Texas, we continued to see each other once a year until the summer before my junior year of college. Then just like that, life got busy. We grew farther apart. We grew up. Our lives continued. We stayed in touch, but year after year, our phone calls to one another were more and more spread out. Despite the distance, they've always been a part of my family.

I think the hardest thing for me right now to come to terms with is that in perspective, life is so short. So many things happen. We spend most of our week at work or sleeping. We often have to push aside things we want to do or people we want to see. We have so many people constantly coming in and out of our lives. No matter how far apart you grow. No matter how bad someone hurts you. No matter what starts or ends a friendship/relationship. You will remember them. People leave a mark. We love. We lose. We rejoice. We grieve.

Life is full of ups and downs. It's full of decisions and regrets. We're bound to have highs and lows and make decisions, but I don't want to have regrets. I don't want to look back and say what if, what if. I want to believe that everything I do has meaning. I want to love hard. I want to believe in friendships. I want to enjoy life to the fullest because it can be taken from us so soon.

My heart aches for my friend. I wish that it wasn't something so tragic that brought us together again. I want to be there for her and rekindle our lifelong friendship. Lifelong friends are rare. And right now, mine needs love, support and prayers. If y'all could pray for my friend, her mom and her entire family I would appreciate it so much.

So take the time to hug your love ones, appreciate what you have and put life into perspective. Life is too short. We only have one. So live it the way you want to and enjoy every moment.

{Happy-go-lucky Amy will be back tomorrow. Sometimes, you just got to let it all out. I know y'all have felt the same!}

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