I don’t remember when it all happened exactly. It’s not like I was keeping a detailed calendar of events.
But, it’s been about a year since my life crisis, my psychological break, what have you. It’s been a year since shit got real. Real Real.
I want to celebrate the fact that I’m still alive, that I made it through, that I’m functional again, that I’ve come so far, that I can live most days and survive most situations without Xanax, that I’m becoming aware of how stress affects me, that I’m learning to let go of what no longer serves me, that I’m getting to know myself better now than ever before, that I’m exploring new things, that I’m finding what brings me joy and fulfillment.
I want to celebrate the people who have supported me: my husband, my parents, my best friend, my sisters and brothers, my aunties, uncles, network of extended family and, even, my Dearest Daughters who knew and sensed what I needed when I needed it most. And, seriously: for Lapu, my parents’ Golden Retriever who offered me the unconditional love and nonjudgmental presence I needed in my darkest moments.
I want to celebrate life, and love and you, my Dearest Readers for reading through my epiphanies and drivel alike, walking with me on this journey, riding the waves with me, affirming and supporting me. I wish I could give everyone a big hug or, at least, a high five.
Instead, I offer some words that capture better than I ever could what a Gift this Life is:
“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability
to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the
world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. ”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that
we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
― Marie Curie
“Live. And Live Well.
BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply.
Be PRESENT. Do
not be past. Do not be future. Be now.
On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day,
roll down the windows and
FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to
FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.
Get knee-deep in a novel
and LOSE track of time.
If you bike, pedal HARDER and if you crash then crash
Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done-a paper well-written, a project
thoroughly completed, a play well-performed.
If you must wipe the snot from your
3-year old's nose, don't be disgusted if the Kleenex didn't catch it all
because soon he'll be wiping his own.
If you've recently experienced loss, then
GRIEVE. And Grieve well.
At the table with friends and family, LAUGH.
eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke.
And if you eat, then SMELL.
The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on
the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven.
Taste every ounce of flavor.
Taste every ounce of friendship.
Taste every ounce of Life.
― Kyle Lake
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