“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
– Fred Rogers
The past few weeks have been mentally and emotionally tough. To say I’ve struggled is an understatement. I hurt inside, was sad and just couldn’t pinpoint it.
Is it the hormonal life change I’m currently experiencing, missing my daughters - one in PA, and the other side of the world, or the impending work deadlines with the onset of Q4? Who knows. Yet, yesterday it finally started to lift. The clouds have started to clear even though they aren’t completely gone.
The news of a childhood friend’s passing this past week was tough to take as well. It’s always difficult to deal with, but when it’s someone your age, it gives you a hard reality check.
So many people have written memories with her they’ll always hold dear, her qualities they adored and they have just showered Chantalle with love on her FB Page. As her cousin, Kathy wrote, “Chantalle, I wish you could have seen the love poured out for you on this page with your earthly eyes and felt it with your earthly heart before you left. The tendency towards self judgement and our willingness to harbor the negative sentiments rather than those of love would have been wiped away. I wonder if you really knew how many lives you touched. Luckily those heavenly eyes understand.” Rest In Peace, girl. You were so loved here, but will experience it all the more now.
So, as Kurt and I hiked up to the top of Mt. Ord yesterday we came to a point on the trail where it literally looked like we would walk off the earth. It just felt so symbolic as to what I’d been feeling that I had to take a picture. Then after I looked at it did I see the bright sun rays.
As deep as the hurt or pain may be, the clouds always clear, the sun will inevitably shine through and you’ll continue to leave impressions on people’s lives you never thought you would. 💕❤️💕