September 28, 2012

So I’ve had a lot of things happening around me lately that have been reminding me of what is important in life.  It’s so easy for me to get caught up in running, homework, work, the ins and outs of life, the things we have to do….and let’s get real here, pinterest and facebook 🙂

This picture always makes me laugh, ha ha. It’s funny because it’s true.

But life’s bigger than those things.  Here’s what’s been reminding me:

1.  My birthday.
We all know I love my birthday more than a lot of things.  But this year was better.  I was able to have my twin back with me.  I have loved having him home.  Having shared a birthday literally every birthday I’d had for 19 years, and to not have someone sitting next to me the last two years while blowing out candles, was hard.  That was my favorite thing this year for my birthday: blowing out candles with my twin.  I missed it.  And it made me happier than I can explain to be able to do that again.

2.  My best friend Kalina and a nasty thing called cancer.

I love this girl.  I met her on my cross country team here at UVU when I was a freshman and we’ve become great friends.  She is hilarious, happy, beautiful, an incredible runner and athlete, and just wonderful and silly.  She is 22 years old and has ovarian cancer.  She graduated this last May, finished her track season, and about two weeks later was diagnosed with cancer.  She’ll be going in for her second surgery to remove the rest of her girl reproductive parts on Oct. 9th.  She’s been going through chemo for the last few months.  I’ve just been thinking about her and her family.  We love her and Sterling so much. She has a fundraiser 5k this Saturday which is going to be aweosme.  You can read her blog here if you’d like… you’ll be inspired.  I promise.

3.  Reminders that life is short
Our family friend Joe, who’s 19 years old, got in a head on collision this last Friday on state street.  Thankfully and miraculously, he is ok and is recovering in the hospital. 

My other teammate had a friend she grew up with pass away this weekend from Type I diabetes and other health complications. I went to the viewing with her.  It was beautiful and sad and a great reminder of how glad I am that we know life goes on after we die. 

So basically…. that’s it.  Life is short.  God’s in control, and doing our best every day and spending time doing the things we love with the people we love is most important.  Keep on keeping on.

Oh.  And just a month till the regular Jazz season!! YAY!!!

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