A year ago today a wonderful daughter/wife/mother/friend passed away. It sucks. There is no better word to describe it. We have had to sit back and watch as her family deals with a world full of new "firsts" that won't involve her. Well at least not in the physical sense.
It is hard to lose someone at any age (theirs or ours!). You never totally get over it. Yes I am sure the pain subsides a bit but there will always be those moments. Ones where you go to call that person and realize they are no longer with us, or you may think you see them at the grocery store for a brief second but then realize that isn't a possibility.
Some days it is hard to get out bed and to function like a normal person. We are all dealing with something. It is hard to put things in perspective when we are having an off day to realize we should be happy with what we have in front of us today. Enjoy the sunshine, or the laugh of your child. Stop and smell the roses (but be careful of the bees - especially if you are allergic!). Sit back and enjoy the rich aroma and taste of your (Starbuck's) coffee.
If nothing else, our friends passing is just a reminder to me to live each day the fullest. Life is so precious and unpredictable. I understand this isn't always possible. I mean some days we just need a good piss & moan session, but let's keep those short!