All posts filed under: endings

“Don’t worry so much…Life is fleeting”

We lost a great one yesterday! “Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.” – Robin Williams, Jack 1996. PS: This is my favourite pic of Robin Williams. He had such a gentle and childlike spirit, didn’t he?!

Last words: His Life, According to Jim

Long time actor and Homeland star, James Rebhorn died this past Friday after a long battle with skin cancer. It seems that before he died, James wrote his own obituary. James’ church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Jersey City, has since shared his letter entitled, “His Life, According to Jim.” The obituary is sad — as it should be, but there is feeling, and perspective in the words written which most obituaries lack. It got me thinking about our own last words and death announcements, why are such things left up to complete strangers to write? And why the need to neatly sum up our lives in a couple of stale paragraphs? Doesn’t that seem strange?! This part was touching: “His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and …

All my exes live in texts

Every once in awhile, I come across a really, really  good article — the kind that gets me so worked up that I actually have to pause in-between paragraphs to gather myself. The kind where I’m smiling and nodding in agreement with the author and only afterwards hope that no stranger has witnessed my goofy grin. All My Exes Live in Texts: Why the Social Media Generation Never Really Breaks Up, by Maureen O’Connor is one of those articles. (I’ve read it 3x now) It is absolutely fabulous and oh, so true! A little taste for you, “There was also a time, I am told, when staying in touch was difficult. Exes were characters from a foreclosed past, symbols from former and forgone lives. Now they are part of the permanent present. I was a college freshman when Facebook launched. All my exes live online, and so do their exes, and so do their exes, too. I carry the population of a metaphorical Texas in a cell phone on my person at all times….It’s a …

Thoughts written down

“I’m human so I miss things. I miss your smile, your voice when you’re tired. I miss holding your hand and kissing your lips. But missing all these things doesn’t mean I miss you. Anyone can have a smile just as bright as yours. Most people’s voices get raspy with sleepiness. Hands can feel the same. God made lips easy to replicate. So I need to remind myself that I don’t miss you. I just miss things about you; I miss not being alone.” –unknown.

Good-bye October, November AND December.

Well folks, 2012 is over and if I can be completely honest, it was the longest and hardest year of my life. I have learned so much about myself that it’s downright shocking — and you know, because I blogged all about it! Although I’m proud to say that I did more than I ever thought I could do solo, 2012 came with its fair share of tumultuous tribulations that knocked me to the ground more than once. I’ve spent much of the last three months writing and running my butt off, but three big events stick out in my mind. I celebrated the big 3-0 back in October, said good-bye to my longtime pal, Oz in November and adopted a precious kitten named Noah in December. Did the last few months treat you well? What was the highlight of your year? Below is what I captured on my iPhone during the last three months. If you’ve just joined, you can see the recap of 2012 here. I don’t know about you, but I’m so very ready for a fresh start! 2013 is gonna be a …

New year, new possibilities

Well, it’s that time of year again, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions! Whenever I think of January 1, I have a flashback to when I was young. I used to love cracking open a brand new journal or day planner — to me, it represented a fresh start, a new beginning. I would carefully pencil in important matters like my up-coming birthday and would write poetry or long and lengthy entries, documenting my days. I’m a goal oriented person to a fault and so my biggest problem is coming up with too many resolutions and then feeling let down when I don’t achieve them all (it’s only slightly neurotic). I’ve managed to whittle my 2013 goal list down to three. In 2013 I want to focus more on my private writing projects, take solo vacations (I can’t wait to blog about this) and try to be more spontaneous in my day-to-day life. Are you making New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are they? S.

Poetry: when it’s over

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” ― Mary Oliver