The past few weeks have been tough for me, family and friends as we were reminded of just how precious life is and the importance of treasuring each and every moment with the ones we love the most.
Originally, I had planned to take a short media hiatus over the last school holidays to enjoy some time with my children. But the importance of spending time with the ones I love the most was highlighted in the most awful of circumstances when I received the news that a dear friend had passed away.
The loss of such a kind and generous soul from this world is beyond comprehension. Nothing could have prepared me for the news of his passing. I have experienced the death of my own father recently, but this is altogether different. This was a life taken far too young and with so much more to give.
It leaves behind so many emotions, so many questions. The shock, the sadness, the anger … but most of all there’s the love that still flows for my friend and also the beautiful family he has left behind.
To watch one of my closest friends going through the toughest of times as she comes to terms with the loss of her husband and the father of her children is absolutely heartbreaking.
It’s a tragic reminder to treasure those most precious in our lives.
Embrace life and everyone special you have in it. Each and every moment, no matter how seemingly simple or mundane, is precious, unique and important. Make every moment count. Don’t let a tragedy be the thing that leads you to this realisation.
Rest in peace my beautiful friend. You will forever be in our hearts. Friends forever.