I admit, I was a little pleased that I was able to post my own blog in order to nominate her blog – but only because that made me eligible to do so. Not because my blog was in any way really ready for discerning eyes. But because it made me part of the club that could nominate Rosanne.
And then, something else happened.
My very best friend since ninth grade, Laurie, passed away after a long battle with cancer. These are all relative terms, I know. Laurie is my very best friend because that is the badge she gave me. Whenever she introduced me to someone, that is what she said, “This is my very best friend, Linda.” I wore that badge proudly, not only because she had so many friends, but because I felt the same way.
There are not many people who come along in life that this can be said of. You have to appreciate them when you find them. And I think we appreciated each other. And the length of our friendship wasn’t the important thing, but it was mentioned a lot, because it really stood out. The important thing, though, was the depth.
It has taken me days to get to the point where I can even talk about this. And to try to figure out how to work around the hole in my life. And to fathom how to move on.
Her battle wasn’t that long, really. It was only 14 months. When she was diagnosed, she didn’t tell me the prognosis (her mother did). But when she got another prognosis in August, it was 3-4 months. She was mad, because prior to that she had been doing so well. But then she got an infection, which led to appendicitis, and the tumors in her lungs took off. At least I think that’s what happened. They seemed to be related. She said, “Four months isn’t long enough.” No, it’s not.
Where I keep ending up with this is: Be kind. Make your time count. Do what matters.
And that is one reason why I am doubly glad that I have embarked on this website and blog journey. Because it brings me back to writing. Helping other people be successful, while also having time to do my own writing.
It should be further along by now. So please do bear with me for just a tiny bit longer. I didn’t have enough in the can to make this seamless. I have to get through this week, and then I hope to get back into the saddle with a vengeance and share with you as much of the wisdom of the industry as I can. I’ve got lots of great interviews planned, two that I need to write up, lots of great articles, tip sheets and so much more to come.
The journey’s just started.