Appreciating Life

I want to switch gears a bit today because I am sure everyone is sick of me talking about my purging/organizing/cleaning phase. While my apartment still probably is not to Monk levels of organization, I at least no longer look like I should be in the Hoarders: Junior Division. (OK, things  were not THAT bad, but you get the idea.)

Today’s topic is very different, very sad and something we often forget. Over the last several weeks, I have seen friends and loved ones face tragedy, receive bad news and go through horrific events. I have seen depressing, heartbreaking stories on the news. In short, I have seen a lot of things that make me realize that life is precious and should not be taken for granted. These events have made me appreciate the people in my life a bit more and  realize how life can be over so quickly.

I know this sounds a bit cliche, but friends, readers, loved ones….call your family members. End fights. Forgive. Tell people you love them. Hug people a bit tighter. Tomorrow is not promised. Ask yourself: is the reason why I am angry going to matter tomorrow? (I am not saying you have to forget why you are angry or be best friends with someone who hurt you, I am saying let go of the anger.)

Remember life is short. Take chances. Call an old friend, take that class, try that dessert. I know this all sounds corny, but it is what needs to be said. We never know what the future holds, so it is important to live in the moment, important to appreciate those around us, important to not take those we love for granted.

That being said, my heart is with those suffering right now and remember I am here for you always.

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