Death. It’s the inevitable. Something we can not control, we do not know the day or the hour. I lost a dear friend a few days ago to bone cancer. The news was delivered that she had it and the probability of survival was slim. She was a warrior, she fought hard, day in and day out. She rarely lost her spirit and out-LIVED the time frame the doctors provided. My sweet friend leaves behind a young mature little soul of our future. He has to continue to live this journey called life without the one who was to love, protect, and support him along the way. She’s gone now, in flesh, but here in spirit. My oldest son was the barrier of the horrific news. I cried, it was tears of pain and relief. No more pain, no more suffering, that’s what I kept telling myself to give me a sense of comfort. After I regained my composure, I begin to question myself. Am I really living life or just going through the motions? At the age of 33, what do I have to show for myself, to show I am living for me? I am raising 3 amazing and intelligent young men who are all different in their own ways. Although, I am semi-raising them alone, I plan to manage. I am an educator, trying to leave a positive imprint on so many lives, but is it enough for me? Outside of being an educator, I wanted to be a news anchor and a print model. If God willing, I pray to see that magazine with me in it! As far as we know, we only have one life to LIVE! If I could give anyone advice and they were receptive to it, I would give the following: (1) Follow your instincts, take chances, accept failure, try again (2) Be curious, try new things (3) Dream BIG, use your imagination, set goals (4) Love what you do, it makes LIFE worth it (5) Love Learning, you are never too old and it adds awesome brain wrinkles (6) Keep an open heart, forgive others and help whenever you can (7) HAVE FUN and CHERISH every moment. Every breath is precious and worth giving your ALL. Most importantly, LOVE yourself. I can not stress that enough and I am constantly learning how to balance life, have fun, and make sure I am finding and fulfilling my purpose.