1. i wrote a post the other day about my great aunt & how much i miss her. she died 6 years ago & lived her life like each day was her last. her & her husband were madly in love but couldn't have kids. he died in the 80s of lung cancer & then she barely survived her own battle 20 years ago. chemo/radiation wrecked her body but not her mind.
    I found her wedding photo! \\\ I hate September but especially today
  2. despite everything that was thrown at her, she was the most positive, forward-thinking person i've ever met. she volunteered every day at either the hospital, homeless shelter, meals on wheels, and more. even though the cancer treatments wrecked her hands, she crocheted blankets for the kids in foster care and baby hats for every baby born
    in her local hospital every single day
  3. we talked on the phone and wrote letters regularly and she always gave the best advice. i've been going through one of her boxes this week that has her notebooks, journals, and letters and remembering just how good she was with words.
  4. here's a bit of her life advice (this is mostly for myself to remember):
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  6. let love rise above your anger
  7. every day you can get up, walk outside of your home into the world and know there's someone out there that cares about you and wants to hug you, is a good day
  8. life can get messy and complicated - don't make it more so
  9. life is so short with a finite number of days to live and love - let go of frustration, hurt and anger - they do nothing but poison you and your days that you could have enjoyed and been happy
  10. when you're lucky enough to come across people you truly connect with, hold onto them. you'll have your ups and downs, but in the end, it's worth it
  11. it's hard to find genuine people you can love and trust, and really count on, but when you do, hold on
  12. reach out. reach out to people who might need help, whether it's your ear, a dollar, or a plate of food, and you'll always realize someone else is having a worse day than you are
  13. have adventures, move to a new city, say yes when you want to say no to something
  14. the person you find love with might not be the person you think it will be. keep an open mind and an open heart. people can surprise you
  15. don't hesitate to say 'i love you' and to feel that. it might be the last time you see that person
  16. always remember that everyone is doing the best they can in that moment. try to be empathetic and give them the benefit of the doubt
  17. people get taken from us every day when we least expect it - don't leave things unsaid, don't leave things uncomfortable and don't be mad