|Posted by jlemmert on September 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM|
I remember when I turned 29 and my stepdad was dying. He was only 61 and it hit me that my life might be half over and I had not done half of the things I wanted to do. That was the year I started taking piano lessons and painting classes. The year I gave myself permission to let my creative soul free. What a gift! Hard to believe that 20 years have passed, but the good news is I'm still playing piano and painting is now my livelihood, passion and platform for raising awareness about domestic violence.
I have learned much and suffered much in the past twenty years. (My stepdad died, my marriage ended, my 37-year old sister, Amy Latus, was murdered by her boyfriend and my 53 year old sister-in-law, Laurie Emmert, was recently killed in a car accident.) But, I awoke today with joy and stretched with contentment. I have learned to live in the moment and not take for granted the simple joys of life or the people I love. I hope you feel joy today, even in the midst of your difficulties. Life is precious and today is a gift. Unwrap it and let yourself feel ALIVE!