To The People And The Memories That I Miss

To The People And The Memories That I Miss

Life is too short for you to take little moments for granted, because one day you may not remember.

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Loss is something that everyone faces on a day to day basis.

My senior year of high school and first year of college was one of the most difficult times of my life. One of my grandmothers was diagnosed with cancer, three of my grandpas were getting sick, and I was at college away from my family.

I missed out on dozens and dozens of great moments with my most cherished people.

I lost one of the important people to me.

Our elders teach us so much more than just life lessons. They teach you how to be a good person, how to fish, how to drive, and so many other little things we sometimes take for granted.

I love to ride horses, go fishing, and help with my grandparent's land. However, I can't remember the last time I was on the back of a horse. The last time I went fishing in their pond. Or, the last time I was walking and got yelled at to not touch the hot wire fence.

I didn't know it at the time, but in those moments, I didn't take them in as much as I could have.

I didn't know that life would throw curve balls at me every week to the point where I was scared to go home and find out more bad news.

It got to the point where I was never having a good day, no matter how much I put on a brave face. I had nothing but bad days because my world was falling apart around me.

I can't think about horses without thinking of my grandfather. Without thinking about being thrown off of a horse was I was little, and my grandfather coming to my rescue.

I can't think about hospitals without being reminded of visiting different grandparents or family members that were sick.

I can't even look at pictures without crying because I miss those memories so much.

The one thing in life that I was told repeatedly but never truly listened to was to cherish every moment. Life is too short to think that there will always be a tomorrow because sadly, not everyone gets a tomorrow.

I never thought I would have to say goodbye to some of my loved ones before I grew up, started a family, and maybe even had kids. I at least wished I could've started my career and be able to show my loved ones the achievements I was making.

Never take anything for granted. I sound like a broken record, but it is true.

Life is short, and you never know what the next second could bring.

Say I love you.

Say you miss someone.

Tell your parents and family that you love them.

Share a laugh as many times as you can.

Memories of loss are so much easier to live with if you can create and remember the great memories before you can't make anymore.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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Poetry On The Odyssey: You Don't Control Me

If I could speak to my anxiety, here is what I'd say.

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Anxiety,

You have controlled my life for way too long.

My constant fears hold me back from so many things I want to be able to do.

Your presence makes me a person I don't want to be.

You make me feel scared and alone when I know that I am not alone.

You don't control me.

I am not free to be myself when you are around.

There is no use for you, and you should be ashamed for making me feel sick, nervous, fearful, not good enough.

You have been a little monster, harboring inside of me for my whole life.

Whispering "You can't do that" in my ear when I dare to get out of my comfort zone.

You don't control me.

I am fully capable of doing great things and living without you.

I have a wonderful support system of people who believe in me and help me crush you every day as you deserve.

I will be brave, be bold, enjoy life more.

This is me saying "Sayonara Anxiety."

You don't control me.

I am going to take my life back from your filthy grip.

I am going to live the life I've dreamt of.

I am going to be adventurous and take risks.

I am going to be myself.

You don't control me.


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