Welcome to your twentysomethings, my friends. These are the times (so we are told) that we learn about ourselves. We make mistakes, learn from them, grow from them, gain experience and use it to outline our lives and make future decisions (rough luck). Our twentysomethings are a time to reflect so we can make ourselves the best us that we can be. Today, I am remembering a woman who did just that. A woman whose love, passion and lust for life was a treat for anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. She radiated a warmth so genuine and pure, you couldn’t help but connect with her. This woman was my role-model and can set a tone for us all to follow, to live life to it’s fullest. Because at the end of the day, we don’t know how long we have here.
No, I am not referring to Audry Hepurn, but it is her birthday on this date as well. May 4th was the day my mother was born and today would’ve been her 60th birthday. 60, a monumental age certain of a major celebration. Though she isn’t with us any longer to celebrate, I raise my head high on this day, as well as a glass, and toast to her.
Have you lost someone you loved? How did this loss shape you to who you are today?
Unfortunately, we sometimes can’t help the cards we are dealt. When forced to deal with loss we need to first accept it in order to move forward. Once we have accepted it, we need to remember the person and bask in those memories. Share them with others and ensure that though they are gone, that they are still part of our lives.
I have learned to live each day to it’s fullest. To be a lover, not a fighter and to take in each moment, savouring it with a sense of utmost gratefulness.
Here are a few quotes to help you make the most of each day:
“We’re here for a good time. Not a long time. So have a good time, the sun can’t shine everyday.”- Trooper
“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friend.” – Paul McCartney & John Lennon
“Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.” – John Lennon
“Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain.” – Dave Matthews
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
– to say goodnight to those you love
– to show appreciation
– to realize what you have while you have it
– to not live in regret
For those of my readers that had the opportunity to meet my mother, and establish a relationship with her I want to thank you. It is friends like the ones she had that allowed her to be the incredible person that she was. I’d love to hear your favourite memories and have you celebrate this day with me.
– Jenny Jen