This weekend my spirits have been lifted immensely...purely just by being surrounded by positive happy people.
We have had a friend of ours from Philadelphia, US named Ed staying with us since Thurs..and it has been exactly what the doctor ordered..a pleasant distraction from all the sadness that has been hovering over me since Tues when I found out about my fathers passing.
Ed is one of those people who truly breathes life in and breathes it out...he has a constant thirst for knowledge and hunger for travel..for learning new things, meeting new people..finding new ways of doing things and constantly reinventing himself..he is over 70 yrs old (the youngest fittest 70yr old that you will ever see) that STILL feels like there is SO MUCH more that he wants to do and learn in life...a truly remarkable soul that I feel so blessed and thankful to have crossed paths with in my life.
Ed loves people, he has often said that when travelling..he really has no interest in seeing the sights...he believes that what draws you to a place...is its people..and it is those experiences that you have with those people, the memories that you create..that will have you wanting to go back to that place again and again.
When Ed left today...to continue his travels and visit and spend time with his other Aussie friends..I felt a kind of sadness and guilt...sadness because he was going..and I hate goodbyes...and then guilt because whilst he was here...I smiled, I laughed, I forgot for a moment...that I had just lost a parent...how could I forget?..how could I smile? how could I laugh?...it seemed so wrong...so cold and heartless....so then.. I cried.
Its funny how all things happen for a reason.....maybe...Ed was meant to arrive here...be here...with me.....at this exact moment in time...in my life....to remind me..that life goes on..and that Death is a part of life too.
And so what counts...is how we live it....how we CHOOSE to live...right at this very moment...and perhaps the best tribute that you can pay someone who has passed on..is to put your life ahead of their death..and Live...just live....be happy and just keep living and creating the best life you can for yourself.
Thank You Ed x