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Reflecting on a Humbling Year

Eng-21As 2014 comes to an end—I reflect on what’s been a difficult year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be a downer but this one really has been tough! We all know that life brings us challenges; some more than others. We also know that adversity builds character and allows us to find our own unique ways of dealing with it; I could do without some of the character building!

It just seems that 2014 was a year that lumped a lot of things together; compounding into an array of events that frankly I would like to forget. Most of what occurred this year was loss; the loss of friends and family. It’s never easy dealing with loss, but when there is so much in one year it can make it especially difficult. It started off this past summer with the passing of our neighbor across the street. She was a dear friend of ours—we spent most holidays at her house and enjoyed laughing as our dogs played. She was a sincere, kind, and empathetic person; she had a smile that would brighten anyone’s day. We were neighbors for almost 5 years and I can recall how her and her husband welcomed us. How my fiancé and I miss seeing her, hearing her voice, and enjoying special moments together.

Later on in the year, one of my Grandmothers through marriage passed away peacefully at her home in Pioche, Nevada. When I got the call informing me of her passing—all the memories started reeling through my mind. I remembered all the holidays spent at her home, and the amazing lavish meals she would cook. I remembered how every school year she would buy my Sisters and I clothes. She was a generous woman who had a lot of love to give—so many memories I would like to relive.

Last month, about a week before the Thanksgiving holiday we suffered another loss; my fiancé lost her Grandmother. I remember meeting her almost 5 years ago and remarking how happy she was to be around her family. After living in Montana for many years, she was brought to Las Vegas so her family could attend to her illnesses. My fiancé’s Mom moved her into their house, and I know she was happy to be there. There are so many fond memories of watching her smile during family dinners, celebrating holidays and birthdays. I feel fortunate that I was able to spend some time with her; that I was able to share some special moments in my life.

It’s been said before, but we can never prepare for the loss of someone. Whether it be a friend, a relative, or a pet; it all hurts the same. What I know we can do is appreciate the time we had with those that are no longer with us. We can reflect, cherish, and honor the memory of those who are now in heaven. This year particularly has made me appreciate my family and friends that much more. Through tough times, I saw how truly blessed I am. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget to notice those most precious things right in front of us.

So as we close this chapter known as 2014—may we all be humbled by the blessings we have in our life. I end with one of my favorite quotes, “Live every moment, laugh every day, and love beyond words.”

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 Human Interest No Comments
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