Life was challenging this week.
One moment, things were smoothly sailing along and the next moment, life tossed us another curveball.
This is not a unique consequence of living. It happens to all of us.
I know that this is just LIFE in all of its glory: good, bad and ugly.
And as an adult, I am mostly equipped to handle the curve (ball)s, twists and bends.
Sometimes though, for a second or a bit longer, it breaks me.
I become weak, humble and lost, while wondering a lot of 'whys'. Especially when I didn't see it coming. Really, that is when it makes me most vulnerable.
As a result, I am once again gathering up that surprisingly never-ending supply of strength, courage and fortitude and will face it all head on. But this time I am not alone. I am moving ahead with support from family and from friends.
It also reminds me to me think about my own future and the time that I have here in this world. It has created a desire to reflect about how I want my own life to be and what type of legacy that I want to leave behind.
And maybe, if I try really hard, one day, I can be thought of with as much love, kindness and greatness as the ones that I am saying good-bye too.
But probably not.
Some are truly the greatest in the world. There will never be another like this. For that, I feel blessed to just have shared a little bit of their life.
From Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, 1602:
In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
And some are all three.