Last Monday I woke up to receive some tragic and completely unexpected news; a childhood friend of mine was killed in an unforeseen accident. At first my head felt fuzzy, I was shocked. As the day wore on, my state of shock transitioned into sadness.
It was difficult to be in Melbourne and feel so far from friends and family back home in Toronto. I exchanged tears with my best friend via Skype, spoke to my Dad, and reached out to those who needed a little extra strength. I felt a little bit closer.
It's not easy to lose a friend, nor is it easy to fathom the pain that their parents and best friends endure. Sometimes it takes time, but love and light always pokes through tragedy and lifts you up in unexpected ways. It strengthens your core and reminds you to live and to live brightly. It reminds you to fill up with gratitude and project kindness into the world. As inspired by the Lululemon manifesto, it reaffirms to breathe deep and appreciate the moment.
I'm so grateful that I was home, with friends and family, for three whole weeks. If I wasn't just with my friends and family, the unfortunate news would have hit me a lot harder. Thanks for flying me home, Dad.
I'm so blessed to have such loving and inspirational people in my life. They are always with me, no matter the distance or ocean between us.
I'm grateful to love and be loved.
I'm grateful for delicious and healthy food, which I enjoy every single day.
I'm grateful to have been a part of my friends life. I'm grateful to have shared a seat next to him in Grade 1, and to have grown with him all the way through High School. Even though I'm down under, so far from home, I feel close as I shed some love and light.
Make a wish and send your love and light into the world. Life is too short not to.