The Passing

August 21st, 2012

Hello. Bonjour. Namaste. Salam.

This is for Shamlan and Aditi..We miss you! Rest in Peace my Friends. 

This summer has really been a unique experience. I refer to this summer as The Passing.  Two of my friends passed away this summer in car accidents.  They were both wonderful, incredible people.  I wanted to use this blog as a way to honor the impact that these two wonderful individuals have had on my life. I know that I get caught up in the nitty gritty of life: dreaming of this, wanting that, wishing for this, hoping for that but when you think about it all could be here today and gone tomorrow. Experiencing my friends passing really reminded me of how vulnerable our lives are.

So many cultures have a variety of traditions around death from how long mourning periods are and the colors worn at funerals. There are differences but…Death is a common thread amongst humanity.  It is a universal constant across borders, languages, religions, countries…it is something that will happen to each and everyone of us.

This summer really allowed me to feel and truly understanding what you only live once means.  We all have one time, in this form, in this life to do live, to enjoy, to hope, to pray to be.  #yolo

I am realizing more and more that its not death that I fear…what I fear is living an unlived life. An unlived life spent in worry, procrastination, and fear…fear of the unknown, and fear of risk. I would invite you to go for your dreams and hopes.  I know I am…because I’m here writing this blog post dreaming of world where we celebrate diversity.

So, for me the question is: What am I going to do with my one and only life?

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” –Steve Jobs



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