Friday, November 5, 2010

Life Lessons

About a week ago I found out a person I had grown up with passed away suddenly. Her name was Ashley and she was a beautiful, amazing and lovely person that will be missed by so many!

Although I have not really seen or spoken to Ashley in years (at least in person) her death has affected me more than I could have ever imagined. It is difficult when someone you have known in your life dies…but it is surreal when they are your age. I think that is one of the reasons why this has hit me so hard…I could be Ashley. All of a sudden it is not so farfetched… LIFE IS SHORT.

This sudden death has thrown my life a curve ball…it has forced me to look at everything I am doing, every relationship I have ever had. It has caused me to want to reach out to every old friend I have lost contact with and let them know I care about all of them…even if we aren’t close or never talk in person. This death has affected me to the core and it’s not just because the world has lost someone so fascinating and lovely. It is because it has made me look in the mirror and question my life… and that is uncomfortable!

When you are smacked in the face and forced to look at yourself in a way you never really did before, it’s hard. When you suddenly realize how short and precious life is, how deeply meaningful every person and relationship you have ever had is, when you want to make sure all of your life choices are for the right reasons…when you are faced with all of these things, it is hard to even know where to begin.

It seems so intimidating to live your life like it could end at any moment. Ashley’s death is such a tragic loss, but her life was something that should be celebrated! Out of such a devestating situation there is a priceless lesson to be had. We are all reminded of how precious life is. To live each day like it could be your last is scary, but it’s the truth; it could be your last. So let’s make each day mean something…start reaching out to those people you have been meaning to contact but never took the time to, remember your hopes and dreams and start taking steps to live those!

“One day your life will flash before your eyes…make sure it is worth watching!”