It never fails to amaze me–and for that, I’m grateful–how fleeting life is. Just yesterday, the headlines were splashed all over CNN.com and other news outlets that Elizabeth Edwards had just weeks to live. Sadly, she passed away today. I want to share some quotes from her which were so touching that I already copied and pasted them in my favourites:
“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human.”–Elizabeth Edwards, 12.6.10
And an archive quote which I just read:
“Either you push forward with the things that you were doing yesterday or you start dying. If I had given up everything that my life was about … I’d let cancer win before it needed to.”
Mrs. Edwards was a brave woman, not namely because her husband cheated on her in the midst of her life-threatening illness. But I’ll get back to that later…I have spent the last week trying to keep busy: tidying up my room, doing laundry, and–obviously–looking for jobs to utilize my degree. As fate would have it, and believe me that I’d have it no other way, I’m the very last one in my Senior Seminar class to present my thesis in about 48 hours from now, take a little bit. I can’t help but laugh, because I was soooooo glad to have a week-plus to prepare my presentation, since several members of the class had to present theirs last Tues., which is the same day our thesis was due. Now, of course, I wish it was all over and done with, and I’ve not even finished preparing it yet! Anyway, I realized upon reading Mrs. Edwards’s quote yesterday how extremely fleeting life is, and how things that seem so vitally important at the time are merely a grain of sand in the hourglass of time. I think I can safely and frankly say that it’s alarming that it takes someone dying for us to realize this. For it’s in these moments of one looking back on their life, that every single other thing falls by the wayside; Mrs. Edward’s ex-husband was by her side at her deathbed, for crying out loud. It’s in these moments that all the fickle, seemingly oh-so-important issues simply fall away, and we realize that all along we should’ve been supporting one another instead of arguing, berating, and frittering our time away here on Earth.
That’s really all I have to share. I’m essentially finished with my degree, but not officially. It’s a scary feeling, but I’m honestly so ready for this horrendously challenging (in ways that it by all means shouldn’t have been) semester to be over that I’ll take my degree and run with it. I’m departing on my “skipping graduation/The 12.5 Year Plan” tour next Monday, so I’m focused on that and the overdue relaxation it will bring. I also have some constructive interviews lined up on the so-called tour that I’m looking forward to, so we’ll see what comes of those. In the meantime, I hope everyone stays healthy and warm!