Some of you may know, and some may not, my grandmother recently passed away.
It is a deep and painful experience, not only because I lost someone close to me, but because I lost someone that helped raise me, shared my childhood home, was always one of my heroes and taught me many of the skills and values I hold dear to me.
My grandma was my light in many days of darkness. My grandma was a hug with a scraped knee. My grandma was a teacher when I sought knowledge. My grandma was a heart so pure that I don’t think they make them anymore.
She was a fighter and a giver. She was stoic, but felt deeply. She loved unconditionally but fought bravely. She was an amazing woman, in a long line of amazing women. She is the kind of person I hope to be more like.
She taught me so much in 24 years it is hard to compile them but for a start:
- To love all living things, and give them respect and compassion.
- To care and give to those less fortunate, and to realize you may never be too far from their shoes.
- Humility along with pride.
- To sew, paint and create to make your heart sing
- To sing, even when your voice cracks
- To sing, even when your voice feels broken
- To cry, but also pick yourself up and go onto the next journey
- A nap can make everything feel better
- To make your own clothes when you can’t find what you want
- To be your own self and never be afraid what others think
- To stay true to what you love
- To never turn your back on those that love you
- That life is hard, but equally beautiful
- That a garden is a magical place
- Music is what spirits would say if they could speak
- Dance to your heart’s content
- Don’t fear the every day
- Hold your head high
- Making someone a gift is one of the most beautiful things you can do
- All things can be reused
- Learn and listen to those that are older, they hold valuable wisdom
- Treasure what others do for you, be grateful
- Therapy doesn’t have to be talking, creating can be just as powerful
- Put good into the world
- Be sparing in what you use
- Respect those that existed before you
- Learn, learn, learn
- Challenge yourself
- Don’t be afraid to try new things
- Travel when you’re young, because you may never get the chance again
- Live your life with thankfulness and benevolence
- Little presents go a long way
- Appreciate and embrace art
- Draw, even if you’re terrible
- Love, Love, Love
35 thoughts for today. Thank you for reading.
Rebecca Lee Robinson