Life is both short, and long.

My family recently lost a wonderful woman, my aunt Kathleen. It was quiet shocking, because while we knew she had cancer, she was being treated and the prognosis wasn’t bad. Things took a very quick turn for the worst, and she passed peacefully on Monday.

As always, death brings thoughts about life and such. I always think of life as being both short and long. You don’t know how much time you have, so it’s important to fill it with the people you love and the things you enjoy doing. And not just big, bucket list types of things… small things too. Maybe you really enjoy reading, or playing video games, or hiking. All great things, so make sure you are doing them often.

And most of all, don’t be ashamed of what you like. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in what other people might be thinking of us and how we spend our time. In fact, many times it stops us from doing things we enjoy. I know that I have been guilty of this and need to stop worrying about that and just do what I enjoy. I hope you will too.

David Bowie and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

If you haven’t seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, stop reading this post and go watch it right away. Seriously, one of my favorite films. Now, you might be wondering what the movie has to do with David Bowie. Of course, if you have seen the movie, you know. A particular song plays a pivotal role in the movie, and I love this compilation that I found of clips from the movie set to the song:

Hearing of David Bowie’s passing was quiet shocking, followed of course by the equally shocking passing of Alan Rickman. Two great talents lost to cancer.

So after David’s passing I was aching to hear his music, in particular Space Oddity. That is how I came across this wonderful video. I hope you enjoy it (but again, only watch if you have seen the movie already).

Such a sad news day.

The news of yesterday hurts my heart. The attacks in Paris, the attacks in Baghdad, all the other sad things in the world. Sometimes it feels like too much.

Look for the helpers

The above quote always comes around during these hard times, and you know what? It does help. Already we are hearing stories of great courage and of kindness.

Dearest friends in the effected areas, I hope you are safe. I wish there was something more that I could do for you, but know that you are in our thoughts and hearts.