Yesterday I lost a friend. We met through work and other mutual friends. We didn’t hang out often, but when we did, things just clicked. She was one of the kindest, most graceful people I have ever met. She had been handed a very challenging lot in life and yet, always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She truly embodied the spirit that life is what you make it and you should always choose happiness.
As I listen to Ann tell stories about “the time when they…” I become wistful that I didn’t get to spend more time with her before she moved out of NYC.
I decided to share this with you today, not to make you sad but to make you stop and think. Think about who is important in your life and when was the last time you reached out to them. I’m the first to admit I’m awful about keeping in contact regularly. I tend to hear Scarlet’s voice in my head saying that “after all, tomorrow is another day.” But some times it is not and time runs out.
We live in a world where it is so easy to get distracted from juggling 739 things that we often misprioritize the important stuff in our lives. But you can slow things down. You can find a place where you choose happiness. You can make the most out of each and every day. I know it can be done because I knew a girl who did it. And even though she is no longer with us, I know that her very-short life had a lot of fullness, a lot of love, and a lot of bursts of happiness.
Goodbye, Rebecca, thank you for teaching me to always, always choose happy.