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Living and Loving each day...

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 3 December 2011 | Views [661]

This may seem a bit cheesy to some of you, but due to the time of year, I am finding myself doing some reflection about myself and my outlook on life.

On December 1st last year, my aunty Donna passed away. Just over 3 weeks later, on Christmas Day, my cousin Bethli passed away. Both were victims of Breast Cancer. It was very difficult being in Canada, away from my family when both my father and mothers side had just lost someone very special. Being so far away, it was hard to believe it was real….

There was a song I listened to constantly around this time last year. It’s by Ashanti which isn’t the music taste of a lot of yours, but the song lyrics really touched me. I know it’s targeted at gang violence but still, the message of living & appreciating life is accurate…


One day you’re here baby, and then you’re gone…

See, every day we complain about little ups and downs

We need to be thanking the lord that we are still around

You’ll never ever know when it is your time to go and

I know its hurtin so bad when we lose people that we love

Gotta use that example n try and straighten up

You gotta live everyday as if it’s your last one

One minute you’re here and the next day you’re gone

See lately I wake up in the morning wanting to cry

I bend my knees and I raise my head up into the sky

Sometimes I just can’t fight the feeling I have inside

See I always wished that you would be right here by my side

I’m glad I told you I love you so much before you died

I knew you couldn’t and wouldn’t be here for very long

One minute you’re here and then next day you’re gone

See, what I need is for you all to know

That living life can come and go

You gotta face reality, I want the world to sing with me

Sometimes the world that we live in

Don’t seem so fair and forgiving

See these streets are hard to survive in

Cuz all day you see people dying

I pray that one day we all see

That life aint promised to you and life aint promised to me

Never forget this, and be clear

We don’t know how long we gonna be here….


Losing those I love has made me appreciate life and how lucky we are. We can breathe, talk, see, hear, walk… We have food, water, homes, family and friends. We can do anything we want to do. This more than what millions of others in the world have….

Instead of being upset about the small things in life and let it ruin our days, we should be living and loving every moment we are gifted with.

I am very fortunate to be doing what I am doing right now, exploring the world and experiencing what it has to offer. Most of my life I have always been planning and counting down the days to something in the future… and now for the first time in my life, I am living and loving every single day as it comes. I am finally living in the NOW. I know it’s easy for me to do right now given that I’m on holiday with the one I love, but still!

To my great Grandma & Granddad, both my Granddads, Graham, Travis, Alex Farkash, Donna and Bethli – you are missed and will be forever loved, never forgotten. You all live on in our memories.

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