Just two days ago on October 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM, my Uncle Eric crossed over to the other side. We were all there with him, touching him, telling him it was ok + it was time to let go. After many years of fighting melanoma, his time had come to say goodbye to this world and hello to an afterlife free of pain + suffering. Throughout his illness, my Uncle was lucky enough to have the most incredible woman by his side, my Auntie. She is hands down the strongest, most incredible woman I have ever known. For close to a decade she cared for him selflessly, putting his needs before her own + doing everything in her power to make sure he was surrounded with love, positivity and low stress. Until the end, and even after, she maintained her composure in the most impressive manner, focusing completely on him and giving him all her strength and unconditional love, ensuring that every decision made was what he would have wanted. Many times I have been brought to tears thinking about how she is the most amazing woman, one who did everything she could without question to care for the love of her life. That, to me, is the most beautiful thing in the world.
It’s crucial that we all keep in mind what real beauty is. Beauty is found in the strength & kindness of others, in the moments we share with the ones we love. Family is most important, and the bonds we share are beautiful. It is too easy to get caught up in life’s craziness, to say we don’t have the time or energy to be with our families and friends but if I have learned anything it’s that it is truly a privilege to grow old – make time for the people in your life who mean the most because you really never know when it’s your time. Two weeks ago we were all together, laughing and drinking beers watching football, not really understanding how limited our time was as a whole. I treasure that memory + countless others. I urge you, hug your loved ones + nurture your relationships, because those bonds are the most beautiful part of life.