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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sometimes, You Can Go Back to Square One

If you're thinking about visiting home, just go. If you're thinking of telling someone you love them, call them. If you're holding back something that means a lot to you, just let it go.

I had an itch to visit my family when I had a free weekend--the first free weekend in 6 weeks--and I could not be happier with my decision.

I am a victim of taking advantage of being so close to home. So many others cannot jump into a car and so easily get to their family.

I went home for a weekend and I didn't know that it would be the last time I would see my grandfather coherent.

How my feelings and sense of closure would be different if I hadn't been able to talk with him that weekend. He was happy when he saw me. He told me he loved me. He hugged me. Little did I know, I was able to say goodbye before actually having to.

Oh, how different it would be if I had just stayed in Charlotte that weekend. Like so many other weekends I have before.

Why this may not always be the case, you may not always have the chance to say goodbye to someone. Some of my deepest losses have been those that came without any preparation. Those losses still burn deep.

While you have the opportunity, take care of the ones you love. I have always been more of the type to say what I feel because tomorrows are not always promised.

Sometimes it's easy to forget that you haven't told a family member that you love them recently. Or that you have not been able to hug them. As we grow older, we lose priorities in things that seem important.

Here is your little reminder to make time for the small (or the big) things. Do things with intention. Do things that make your soul happy. It does not always have to be a race.

Sometimes, you can go back to square one. It isn't that you're falling behind. You're just refinding yourself. Regrounding yourself.

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