Just breathe

Have you ever lost someone? Someone you really love? It was around this time last year that my family lost a very dear friend– my mother’s best friend, to be exact. Holly spent years battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, and then one day, the fight was over and Holly became the most beautiful angel. The pain is still raw for all of us, but especially for my mom.

Sometimes, I wonder what my life would be like without my best friend. It crushes me to even think of losing her. I go into a panic attack and cry as if she were already taken away from me, and then she walks in the door and everything is okay again. I have to remind myself to breathe… just breathe.

Losing someone you love is hard, especially going into the holidays. If this is a bittersweet time for you, please remind yourself to breathe. Share in the love and joy of the holiday season and don’t forget to schedule time to fall apart, too. Hug your family, laugh with your friends, and smile at a stranger just to add a little warmth to the cold air that comes with December.

This holiday season, celebrate life. It is the most precious gift you can receive and it should be celebrated to the fullest. Love your family, your friends, and yourself, and bask in the joy that comes with this time of year. Pain is a part of life, but love is stronger. Remember to breathe.

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