Gone Too Soon…

How many times have we said this, heard this? Thousands perhaps, and now here we find ourselves saying it yet again. The passing of Paul Walker is nothing short of tragic and shocking, and I certainly send prayers to his family and friends, but let us try to take this tragedy as an opportunity to learn. An opportunity to reflect and appreciate the precious gift of living.

Let us also take this opportunity to learn to be sympathetic. Regardless if you were a fan or not, this is not a place for “celebrity status”. This is a place where a fellow human being has perished in a most tragic way. A little girl lost her father, a family lost someone they love, he was just a man with a job that was bit more thrilling than most of us know. Please be respectful, and please remember he did not die alone. His friend Roger Rodas was lost that day and his family now grieves as well.

Those of you who know me have heard me say this countless times, and I am sure those of you just getting familiar with me will soon grow equally as tired of hearing it. However, don’t take your life granted! We have no guarantees for tomorrow. I’m sure Paul and Roger must have had a million things planned for this week, maybe some Christmas shopping, or dinner with family, or time spent with friends.

These are simple everyday things that we take for granted every single day. Why can’t we all just learn to live, to be happy, to be grateful for what we have no matter how little it may seem? We have to stop comparing our lives to others because we’ve not had the same journey. We have to stop judging others because they make choices we wouldn’t. We have to start paying attention to our own lives before one day it all just disappears.

  “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? –every, every minute?”  ― Thornton Wilder Our Town

Find a reason to be happy. Each and every day, find at least one thing that you are grateful for; even if it is a cup of coffee or a snooze button on your alarm. (Personally, I am always thankful for these!!). Just find that one thing and remind yourself how lucky you are to have the opportunity. Because at that very moment, someone else is wishing they had one more opportunity.

Live. Love. Be Happy.


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Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceLoveGlo?ref=hdr_shop_menu Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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