When my mom was diagnosed, it brought on so many emotions. I was in the middle of a quarter-life crisis (it’s a real thing), graduating college, ending a relationship, moving out for the first time, applying for jobs and THEN my best-friend mom was diagnosed with cancer. I needed advice. I wanted someone to tell me it was ok, that she would be alright, I would be alright, my family would be alright and life wouldn’t end.
To cope with the fear of the unknown, I found myself gravitating towards quotes and poems. Whether it was on strength, love, grief or friendship I started saving these in a homemade journal I received from my cousin. I still have it and will write down new quotes whenever I find them. You can find a lot of them on my Pinterest board.
A day or so after my mom passed we were going through her things and preparing for the funeral. We found a notebook she had written in during her fight and the below poem on a page. We felt like it was a message from her and used it on her funeral program. It’s also the inspiration behind the name of my blog.
“This, I will remember when the rest of life is through, the finest thing I’ve ever done is simply loving you.” Robert Sexton
This week I was searching for art to add into our recently updated bathroom, and found this poem by Christy Ann Martine. While reading it I felt like my mom was saying these words to me. I bought two. I loved that it was printed on a typewriter and the powerful simplicity of it. She has a variety of other poems for any feeling, check out her etsy shop. Thank you Christy for creating exactly what I was looking for. You are so talented.
Below are some of my favorite quotes. What are some of yours?
“You can kiss your family & friends good bye. Put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” Frederick Buechner
“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.” Don Henley
“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” Mary Tyler Moore
“Anyone can give up. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s strength. “
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself. “ Lucille Ball
“If I tell you I love you can I keep you forever” – Casper
“Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless.” Titanic
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Prefontaine