In the coarse of a year, 2015-2016 I lost 4 very important people in my life; who I loved dearly and couldn't imagine losing. These are the lessons I've learned as a result.
  1. Life moves fast.
  2. "Nothing in life is promised, except death." - Kanye
    This quote has proved true to me from the beginning of 2015 to now. This quote serves as a constant reminder to live mindfully, and with purpose.
  3. Grief doesn't necessarily have a set endpoint.
  4. It's okay to cry.
  5. Don't apologize for your emotions .
  6. They are valid.
  7. You don't owe anyone an apology or explanation for being human.
  8. Everyone mourns differently.
  9. You will cry out of nowhere and seemingly for no reason.
    And that's okay too.
  10. Don't be surprised when your so-called friends don't check up on you.
    They're probably not your real friends.
  11. Don't take anyone for granted.
    My grandma, I called her "gram" because she felt that "grandma" made her sound old, died in the beginning of 2015. This was especially hard. She was someone I knew I could rely on. She was a constant In my life. She would drop what she was doing when anyone needed her. She was the most selfless and kind person I have known and will ever know. She was truly the embodiment of love. I miss her everyday. I took her for granted.
  12. Spend time with your loved ones.
    (As much time as possible)
  13. Do the silly things that seem "lame" or not fun, that your family members want to do. You'll regret it if not.
    I remember when I was younger, my grandma would invite me over to decorate for Christmas. She has a collection of Christmas themed stuffed animals she would have us place around the living room. I being the foolish child I was, would rather play Club Penguin or the Kim Possible games on the Disney website. I regret not spending enough quality time with my gram immensely.
  14. Call your loved ones who don't live near you.
  15. You can't change the past, but you can learn from It.
  16. Choose family over friends.
  17. Say "I love you" as much as possible.