This post is in memory of my Great Aunt Janet, who passed away this morning. She was everything I hope to be in life: positive, witty, independent, well-traveled, insightful.
I was lucky enough to visit with her in December. Her illness was progressing, and I knew it would be the last time I would see her. She told me to always make time to do the things I want to do, because life goes by so fast. Such a great reminder that if we want something, we need to make it happen!
In my college years, I began watching an MTV show called The Challenge. One person on the show shined above the rest and instantly became my favorite to watch. That special person was Diem Brown. She battled cancer 3 times in a decade, sharing her experiences as an open book on air. She was as tough as nails, and as sweet as sugar. Her positive, bubbly attitude and will to live was contagious. So when I heard of her passing back in November, my heart broke. When someone you don’t even know can have such a profound impact on the way you view life, they truly are extraordinary.
I have and always will admire your strength and inner beauty, Diem.