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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Life's too short

Some days I feel like my world is crashing in on me and that I'll never get out of the hole that I feel like I'm sinking into.  I'm on the rollercoaster of life and most days recently it feels more like a wild ride with some really bad twists and turns.  After the many highs, there are so many lows... the continual kicked to the gut feeling.  I hope the ride ends soon... as I'm ready to get off and move on.

But then I stop and think about my "problems" and realize they are so so very small in this large world.  I have all that I could ever really want and need (except for a permanent place to call home), but really, life's too short to let that eat me alive.

On Monday, we got word that my Uncle's first wife (who is still very close to our family and my mom in particular), lost her only son.  She's a single mom who lived every minute of her life for her 18 year old whom she actually named after my Grandpa (even though Tommy wasn't my uncle's son and she had him after she and my uncle got divorced).  She loved my grandparents that much.  Tommy was a great kid... as Eagle Scout, involved with his church, and had just signed up to serve our country after graduation.  He was Liz's world.  And her world came crashing down on Monday when his truck wrapped around a tree on the way to school and he was killed instantly.  She went from loving life to losing her everything.

Later that night, my mom's cousin passed away.  This past November, he was diagnosed with cancer and just a last week was given just months to live by hospice.  He made it just one more week.

Life is too short people.  Hug those that mean the world to you.  Tell the people you love that you love them every single day.  And don't take anything, even the wild ride of life, for granted.  I'm sure that Liz and Denis's wife would love to be on my wild ride right now instead of the places that they are...

29 comments:

kati said...

Thanks for the reminder, I really, really needed that today.

Jason said...

So very true. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss in your family.

As i say to myself on a daily basis....level the valleys and hills and live on a level basis.

Nothing in life is that big of a deal to get so worked up over and we all need to learn to let is pass. If we can't control it there is no need to worry about it.

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

I am so sorry Colleen. My thoughts are with you and your family and I wish I could give you a big hug. My heart aches for all of you. Wishing you the strength you need to get through this time. If there is anything that you need or I can do, please don't hesitate to ask.

Matthew Smith said...

I agree! LIfe is too short, and we take it for granted so often. I'm sorry for your family's loss. I'll be thinking about you... Hang in there!

Laura Mount said...

And another big hug coming to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your lossES. UGH! Hang in there girlie!!!

Kim said...

gigantic hug col. xoxo

Rebecca said...

Your family will be in our prayers, especially your uncle's first wife - I can't even fathom her total heart break right now. As a mom of two boys, it crushes me to even think of something as tragic as that. I will pray for unbelievable strength and grace from those around her to get her through these next months/years. Thanks for the reminder post.

Kristen said...

I could not have written this better myself. Love to you and Tom. And of course love to Liz, Jaye, and both Tommy and Denis up in heaven!!

Anne-Marie said...

So sorry to read this - it's really sad how good people can get dealt a really bad hand sometimes. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

I've been having a lot of similar thoughts/reflections lately... I spent last Saturday at the funeral of a friend's father who died of pancreatic cancer... it really hit me hard to be grateful for everything I have and to not waste time worrying/complaining about the little/insignificant things.

Wes said...

stay strong, chica. Life is a gift, and it all boils down to what you do with YOUR gift.

Elizabeth said...

So sorry for your loss and thanks for the reminder.

Alisa said...

Condolenses! Email or call anytime! And yes, hugs and telling people you love them is such simple and yet, so powerful!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

My thoughts and prayer are for their friends and family

Steve said...

Sorry Colleen. :(

Meaghan said...

Thanks for the perspective C... Big hugs to your entire family.. (())

Karen said...

So very true - you just never know... Sorry to hear about your losses. :(

Molly said...

I'm so sorry for your losses Colleen. Life can truly change in the blink of an eye, sending you a huge hug.....

Michelle said...

Very sorry for your losses. You are so right - life's too short.

Meredith Dare You To said...

Thank you so much for this somber yet necessary reminder. Life is too short. Our daily problems are not real struggles when we put things in perspective.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i hate that it takes these moments to make us remember, but at least that is the good we can take.

thinking of you!

Caroline said...

Ah Colleen..I am so sorry..this is so sad and I agree with Jason...
and with you...life IS too short...2 of our friends were diagnosed with cancer..they are members of the same family, one is Bill's best friend's brother and the other one is his wife. Can you imagine..his brother and his wife both 40...both hit at the same time.

Jennie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. Big hug headed your way.

Megan said...

Seriously - life is way too short. I'm sorry about everything you've been going through these days.

Sara said...

I am sorry to hear of these losses. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are right - life is too short not to tell people what they mean to us. Thank you for reminding me of that this morning.

Betsy said...

Life comes painfully into perspective some times :( I simply can't imagine losing my only child!

lilrunner said...

That's so terrible. I feel like I have just been complaining about dumb things when I think about the big picture.

TRI-ROB said...

... Breathe...

Carole Sharpless said...

xo

Caratunk Girl said...

So so sorry...

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