Living in the Moment

Last Wednesday I received news that my 34 year old cousin was killed in a single-car accident in the early morning hours. We might never know what happened to cause the accident, but we know that her life was cut short. She was one semester shy of a bachelors degree and she'd been married only 2 years.

I flew home this weekend for the visitation and funeral. Words truly can't express the emotions that swirl around the sudden death of a loved one. What I was amazed at was the outpouring of love and support by the friends and loved ones of my cousin. I was humbled and amazed.

All weekend I was met with bouts of sadness and melancholy...paired with moments of remembering how funny my cousin was and how she brightened our days. I remembered growing up going on vacations with her and her two brothers...visiting our grandparents and exploring the woods surrounding their home. While this weekend was really hard for me on many levels, I want to thank my cousin, who in death, opened my eyes once again to the importance of family and of living fully in each moment we are given.

You will be missed, Juli. May you rest in peace.

TBA Readers - What lessons have you learned from your loved ones? What memories are strongest?

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