Closure. Saying goodbye. Loss. Memories. Oooh. I like the last one the best, memories. Recently, a friend passed away through, I guess you could call it a quirk of fate. Tragic because of the circumstances and the abruptness of it all, but oh, the life he led while we were gifted with his presence. I’m smiling right now, remembering the stories told by friends and family. I can say this, this friend lived his life like most people would like to. He lived life with passion, with laughter, and with love.
Some see death as loss, and others see death as a natural process of life. I consider it the latter. Is this because I am in the delivery of health care or is it because I choose to celebrate someone’s life rather than mourn the loss of a friend or family member. I don’t know. Sadness still occurs, because you have the pain of loss, but I believe there is something to hold dear about life and that it is to be honored, and given that, to be lived with passion.
Saying goodbye isn’t always about death like my friend’s instance, but it also be saying goodbye to other instances. For example, it can be saying hello to a new lifestyle, a new way of thinking, or a new or forgotten passion. What do you believe about saying goodbye? Do you say goodbye or let go of a loved one or circumstance, cherish or forget the memory, then say hello to something new? Or do you continually say goodbye without letting go, thus staying stuck where you are feeling stagnant, but don’t know why?
Where do you want to “live” with your life? Squirrel away what you fear to lose or embrace what is right in front of you waiting for you to take a step? Do you cherish life and live to it’s fullness like my friend did? What’s stopping you from living with passion, laughter, and love? What legacy do you want people to keep when they say their goodbye to you?
I choose to live my life with passion, what about you?