The great thing about being the author of your own blog is the freedom to write what you want, no matter when you want it.  Isn’t it about our “whole” story and not taking this journey “alone”?

Today, my dad has been on my mind an awful lot and it reminded me of a beautiful quote by actor, Christopher Walken, regarding the feeling surrounding you when you lose a loved one.  It brought me comfort, I wanted to share it, and I especially wanted to keep it in a safe place.  It may not be what you need today, but it might be what you need tomorrow or years from now.

“Someday you will be faced with the reality of loss. And as life goes on, days rolling into nights, it will become clear that you never really stop missing someone special who’s gone, you just learn to live around the gaping hole of their absence. When you lose someone you can’t imagine living without, your heart breaks wide open, and the bad news is you never completely get over the loss. You will never forget them. However, in a backwards way, this is also the good news. They will live on in the warmth of your broken heart that doesn’t fully heal back up, and you will continue to grow and experience life, even with your wound. It’s like badly breaking an ankle that never heals perfectly, and that still hurts when you dance, but you dance anyway with a slight limp, and this limp just adds to the depth of your performance and the authenticity of your character. The people you lose remain a part of you. Remember them and always cherish the good moments spent with them.”