Powerful life lessons in one letter. Written by an eighty years old woman to her childhood best friend.

Dear Jenny,

I am buying more books, than dusters. I am spending more time in the garden than indoors. I am admiring the view and not fussing about the grass that makes my greenery less admirable. I am spending more time with my family and friends and a lot less time working. 

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences and lessons to learn from, not to avoid. I am trying to live those moments the best I can and worry less what will happen next.

I am trying not to think about “what will happen” or “what if”.  I am not saving my favorite perfume for “special occasions”. Nor my favorite necklace. Life itself is a special occasion. I am not worrying over my extra pounds. I love them.

I wear my favorite scarf at the market. And at the doctor’s appointment. I wear my favorite shoes and earrings at the bank. My point is if I look prosperous, I can feel prosperous.

The terms like “someday” or “one day” are no longer in my vocabulary. If it’s worth seeing, doing or hearing, I want to see it, do it or hear it now.

I am not sure what others would have done if they knew they wouldn’t be here tomorrow. They might have called few former friends to apologize for some old mistakes. I like to think they would have gone out for pizza or whatever their “cheat meal” was.

I guess I’ll never know.

Those are the little things that make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Those little things that are left undone. Angry and sad at the same time because I hadn’t written certain letters a lot earlier. Angry and sad because I didn’t tell my husband, my mother and my father often enough I truly and honestly love them. I am trying my best not to “save” or hold back a joke that would make someone laugh. Or feel special. Even one single person. And every morning as soon as I open my eyes I strive to make that day special.

Every day, every minute, every second is the most precious gift we can get. Today is a gift. You reading this is a gift.

Please be aware, today is non-refundable.

Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated and difficult. Maybe it’s not what we hoped for but we might as well enjoy it while it lasts.

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