It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

I’m doing some quiet reflection today on myself. The past few weeks have been super-charged with a plethora of emotions. Excitement, hope, sadness, guilt, love, hate, nostalgia, etc. etc. etc.

I’m coming to terms with a lot of mistakes I’ve made in the past {without being too hard on myself} and really looking forward to the future and what it holds for me. The past 6 months have definitely not been easy and I’ve carried a heavy heart for a lot of that time.

Yesterday, I learned of a young woman’s death and it really affected me. I had made her acquaintance through friends a few months ago; spent a night out on the town with her & others, shared a few conversations and drinks. We weren’t close by any means, and I’d only met her that one time, but its like, I just saw this person, and now they’re gone. It gave me goosebumps and a huge reality check.

Life is fleeting. I know its cliche but I’ve been thinking about how its silly to “sweat the small stuff” as they say. And its also silly to keep wasting time waiting for things to happen to you. There’s so much I want to accomplish and experience and I want to do it while I still have the chance.

Sorry this is such a *downer* post. But not every day is a magical rainbow. To my family & friends: I love you all very much. I know I don’t say it nearly enough!

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7 Comments

  1. Britty says:

    Oh Liz, that’s just awful. I used to go to that event all the time – and have driven on that same hill many times. Her passing is so heartbreaking. But you’re right, it’s moments like these that make you realize how blessed and precious every moment is. Thinking of you, sweets.

  2. Krysten says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the shortness of life and how we never really know when our time will come. It’s so morbid but I think it’s good to recognize that we have just this one, short life and we really should make the most of it.

  3. Katia says:

    I feel it’s been one of those summers – people close to me, people separated from me by only a few degrees (Friends of friends of friends etc.), it’s been rough. But it is certainly thought provoking and really makes you appreciate every single minute – clich├ęs exist for a reason – because they’re most often true!

    I’m glad you’re finding some inspiration in this, in a positive way!

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca

  4. Caitlin says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this girl’s passing, so tragic. I think about this a lot – how important it is to value and appreciate the people in your life because life is sadly so fleeting. Thinking of you, love.

  5. Arielle says:

    I know what you mean, I’ve had acquaintances or people I’ve met only once or twice die and it really hits hard. It’s like a painful reality check that reminds you how short and fragile life really is. I hope your mind works things out for the better!

  6. debbie says:

    I hope you’re doing okay. Don’t be too hard on yourself; I know I struggle with that myself. Never let the mistakes of your past dictate your future, you know?

    life is short, like you said. Live the heck out of it.

  7. taylor says:

    the quote you posted could not be more true: it is truly always darkest before dawn. the sweetest times follow the hardest, and because of that are made that much sweeter. keep moving forward and find the best in each day. good luck :)

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September 6, 2012 Personal, Srsly Liz