A year ago today I lost one of the most important people in my life. She was my role model, my mentor and my friend. I loved her with all my heart and miss her every day. When she found out she was dying she shared her final thoughts on how to get the most out of life.

I read her words every day. It’s easy, living our busy lives, to find ourselves on autopilot trudging through life. She always tried to focus on the true beauty and opportunity presented by life. She loved social media, connecting with people and learning from others, so I feel like she would love for her words to inspire others today. I wish everyone on this planet could practice such compassion.

Love you to the moon and back x

 

”Always be open to everyone around you.                               

Each of us has special talents, so embrace everything that is unique about you.

Be open to learning new things. Be curious about people and learn about their cultures. Decide to continually understand the world around you and expand your thinking, and ways of doing things, to make the world a better place.

Laugh lots, it is the best medicine in life. We create most of our problems by taking everything too seriously. Don’t allow your ego to cloud your judgement.

Choose a career that brings you joy and satisfaction, rather than a job which you do only because it brings you lots of money. Pursue your talent and your passion, not money.

Be grateful. Every night, before you go to sleep, think of at least ten things to be grateful for so that you are smiling as you drift off to sleep.

Remember that everyone in the world is just an ordinary person. Some people may wear fancy hats, have big titles or (temporarily) have power and want you to think they are above the rest. Don’t believe them; they have the same doubts, fears and hopes. They eat, sleep and worry like everyone else. Question authority always. Challenge inequality always.

Live life in the present moment; don’t say ‘I’ll do that tomorrow’. There is no tomorrow, and there is no ‘right time’ to start something new, except now.

Practice self-care. Take a deep breath. Always be kind and go out of your way to help others – especially the homeless, vulnerable, poor, sick, weak, fearful, children, and the elderly. Everyone in life has struggles and needs compassion and love.

Make every day the best day ever”.

                                                         Mamie McCaffrey