Good Morning America did a cross-country call for people to share their own three words that give the message they want to share with the world. As a writer, I can tell you that just three words is a huge challenge that sometimes can't be contained a 300 page novel. Still, the idea of connecting with just three words was intriguing. But in my challenge to come up with the perfect three words I realized that at different times in my life those three words were very different.
When I was child when my cares were nothing more than how many days until summer was over or what my next big adventure would be... my words would have been something along the lines of... Life is Good.
During those horrible preteen years when I felt so impossibly invisible, my words would have been... Please See Me.
At my daughter graduated last June I reflected on my own graduation. I remember so clearly the expectations and the impossible see-saw between knowing that things would never be the same and allure of moving on to other adventures. My words would have been... Onward and Upward.
And then I met Keith and we decided to get married. In our 21 years together Keith has never held me back, never told me I could do anything and never blinked when I told him I wanted to do something so off the wall as become a writer, travel around the country, or become a ghost hunter. (okay, so he may have blinked at the ghost hunter part, but he didn't say no). Though simplistic, the words will always be... I love you.
When I had my children those three words and my world changed. It was no longer just Keith and I, but something so much bigger. We've had good times, bad times, crazy times and a few sane times. But even with what we have both accomplished in our lives we both agree that the greatest thing we ever did was have our children. For them, my words are... Love is Forever.
When my mother was dying of cancer and was preparing what she wanted done she knew she wanted four words put on her stone. She felt that these four words best described the way she had lived her life and what she wanted to pass on to the rest of us. In this case, 3 words were not enough. They are... Live, Love, Laugh and Learn.
And, when cancer took Keith's dad we went through the incredible loss all over again. I felt worse for Keith because I knew the incredible hole that tears through your heart when you lose a parent. For Arthur those three words are, ironically.... We Miss You. (I say "ironically" because he's been more present in our lives since he passed.)
This brings me to the present. I'm sure that as I go on from here my words will change along with my life. There will be new challenges, new loves, new losses and and new experiences, but for right now, if I can pass along only three words then I offer them up for everyone... Live Every Day.
So, what are your three words?
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