It's been way too long since I've visited this dear friend of mine. Life gets crazy, and there's gas, money (or lack there of), 170 miles, commitments, and our ever-changing schedules between us. Yet life has taught me that it is too short and too important to not make make time for the relationships in your life. I met Kiana while studying abroad in England back in 2013, and we've been the best-of-friends since. This weekend I got to explore Seattle and the most delightful conservatory with her. She helps me live life fuller and laugh harder and longer. Through our friendship I have learned what true friendship is and what it truly means to lay down your life for a friend. Living is the same thing as dying for others. I want my living to be joy and grace to those around me and after me. I want to hold nothing back. So I encourage you to pour into those relationships that inspire you, encourage you, and push you. They are rare. Don't miss opportunities to share this narrative-of-a-life with others and to also look for those people who need a little extra love. Travel that extra distance to see a friend, explore that new city, invite in sincere and honest conversation over that cup of coffee, or share that last bite of dessert. Life is too sweet to not live.
"Lay your life down.Your heartbeats cannot be hoarded. Your reservoir of breath is draining away. You have hands, blister them while you can. You have bones, make them strain, they can carry nothing in the grave. You have lungs, let them spill with laughter."