Monday, December 18, 2017

To Be Alive is the Greatest Gift of All

“Life is made up of special moments which make it worth living. Remember to slow down and remember how precious it is to be alive and love.”

A friend of mine from childhood passed away this weekend. It was especially tragic because it did not have to happen. He was about my age and my heart breaks as now we will not be able to have him in our presence ever again. I was so glad that I had gone for a Santa hayride with my niece and nephew the day before my friend’s passing.  As hard as life can seem for us, we will wake up in the morning and be able to conquer another day. We can never allow ourselves to forget how fortunate to wake up another free day. 

Throughout life there are so many moments that are meant for us to enjoy. I try and cherish every moment. This weekend I went for a Santa hayride with my family. I will include a picture so you can see how the weekend started off fantastic and joyous and then one phone call changed everything. My heart breaks because his family will not have him around for anymore holiday seasons. I know that while death is heartbreaking, I have to try and appreciate those around me that much more. We only get one life and it is so important to cherish those around you.  We are not guaranteed any period of life on this earth. Please try and cherish every moment that you have. Cherish the traditions that you have developed over the years. Realize that they are special gifts and we should all cherish them for as long as we are healthy and can. Every day that we have is a gift. I hope and pray that no one takes his/her life for granted.

Take advantage of every activity that you have available to you. Life is meant to be lived. I try to live my life but I am extra careful to not take unnecessary risks. Life is fragile and it should never be taken for granted. I try and create memories with my family. My niece and nephew will only be young once and it is important for me to try and take part in as much of their holiday as possible. I would love to hear what holiday traditions you take part in and who does them with you. It is hard to believe that another year is ending. All we can do is keep trying one day at a time. To this day when my emotions are really strong, my balance and coordination go out the window. Hopefully I will be able to keep it together for my friend’s funeral tomorrow. I am already a bit nervous about finding the church where the services are. I will try to keep my emotions calm and truly focus on where I am going. I know that there are others who share the same issues with walking and balance during emotionally charged moments. I thank you very much for reading and I welcome any thoughts that you may have.

~ Noelle


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