Weekly YES Quote!
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Love is a difficult venture.
Anyone who tells you that love is easy is either full of it (you know exactly what it is), or has had a life “lucky” beyond belief.
I’ve been reflecting these last two weeks on love and what it means to me – two weeks ago I posted about my cousin’s wedding, and how she got married despite the numerous obstacles she faced (25 January 2021 – Never Let Your Determination Waver).
Love is never simple.
Love is complicated and intricate. It’s one of the most beautiful, innate feelings.
And when you least expect it the most, love could consume you or leave you.
My dad’s sister, my closest Aunt, is dying of cancer. By the way, “FU CANCER!”
“Fortunately” – I can’t even believe I’m typing that word… – it’s not a surprise.
She’s been trying to send the cancer into the netherworld for about two years now, but doctors don’t believe it’s possible.
I have a lot of anger.
I have a lot of emotion.
I have a lot of sorrow.
To be as blunt as possible… THIS SUCKS!!!
If you’ve been in my shoes or in deeper shoes than I – you get it. I have the biggest virtual hug for you.
I love her – she’s fun, charismatic, smart, lovely… quite frankly she’s one of the most amazing women that I know.
And, beyond belief, at 60, the world isn’t yet ready for her departure – yet here we are, and I’m at a loss.
Last weekend we spent memorable time together.
We laughed, told stories, showcased photos/videos… maybe more than she wanted or would’ve ever wanted to see (I have a promising chat thread dedicated to sending her images and videos of me… I think she’s welcome).
I was trying to find a skinny dipping video of my best friend and I invading Ice Lakes (+12K’ elevation), but fortunately for her health I wasn’t able to.
Regardless, love was in the air this past weekend, and I wouldn’t have missed spending this time with her for the world.
Times are beyond hard right now.
I’m with you.
If you’ve lost someone close to you or are knowingly about to lose someone close to you, know that I’m here for you.
It’s not easy to lose someone you love.
Maybe you haven’t spoken with that friend, family member, romantic partner, coworker, neighbor… and take it from me: don’t wait.
Tomorrow everything could change.
Don’t let tomorrow sneak up on you.
The weekend is over and all I want is more time with my Aunt. Unfortunately for all involved time is the one thing we’re not forecasted to have.
Challenge yourself this week to reach out to those most dear to your heart.
Pick up the phone.
Shoot over a text.
Write a letter or email.
Whatever your preferred form of communication, please exercise it to tell those around you who you love that you love them. Let them know you love them.
You’ll be forever grateful, and your loved one will be as well.
Reminder to Just Say Yes!
As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!
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I’d love it if you shared some of the ways this week’s quote has made you feel, and how you’re going to challenge yourself to reach out to those you love!
We each have a unique journey, and I would love to share in yours.