It is with bittersweet passion that I prepare to say goodbye to this year. This year that gave and took so much.
I used to remark about all the somewhat humorous (and generally choice) words I have for 2016 as a whole. But, as per usual, I recognized there are also immeasurably good things that added the sugar and spice, and all things nice to this year.
The main example I can share is one many of you (if you have followed this blog for any length of time) know is already know, or at least have heard about – my beautiful daughter Janet. At seven years old, she breathed her final breath this side of Heaven in February, 2016 after a three year battle with brain cancer.
Her life, though entirely too short for my liking, was a life, well lived. Though she died in 2016, she also LIVED. This year contains memories of her final breaths. This year affords beautiful memories of her significantly beautiful smile, her giggles, her passion for life, her squeezy hugs, her compassion, her grace, her love – her life well lived.
When 2017 arrives, the same will not be possible to say. My daughter will not have been alive at any moment in this upcoming year, and that very thought further breaks my already shattered heart.
However, I choose to scroll up a bit, and recognize the absolute beauty that was her life. No year, 2017 or otherwise, maintains any amount of power that would enable it to steal that beauty, those memories, from me.
I will always #RememberTheLove and I encourage you to do the same.
If you are hurting during this season of your life – I say me too – then I encourage you to recognize that you are not alone. You do not need to do this life, or any journey of any magnitude alone. You are worth is. Your life matters. You are precious.
Though life hurts, it won’t always be this way. There is hope. You are stronger than you believe. (At least that’s what I keep getting told!) I urge you to reach out. Talk to someone. If you would like, I am available in the comments, or via my “contact me” page. Please don’t hesitate.
Just, whatever you do, don’t give up.