Give Those You Love an Extra Hug
Updated: Jan 25
Every year, this day is a little harder than the others. Six years ago, I lost my best friend, my favorite roommate, and basically my third parent to cancer.
Losing someone you love is never easy, at times I felt it was darn near impossible that things wouldn't ever be normal again and truth be told - they didn't. I lost one of the most important people in my life and I've had to go through REALLY big life changes, achievements, and heartbreaks without her around. I've said it once, and I'll say it again - change is an inevitable constant.
I've created new normals. Not a day goes by where I don't think about her and she's still a part of my life in different ways. Mark even picked out the perfect engagement ring, (partly) in her honor.
This day always reminds me to give those I love an extra hug or long phone call to catch up. We won't be here forever, so might as well enjoy ourselves while we can, right? Learn to put down your phone, turn off the T.V. and just BE with those who mean the most to you. I promise you'll feel better and your loved ones will too. Time is precious and always fleeting. Life changes in the blink of an eye and we find ourselves wishing to go back and enjoy moments a second time around.
Too often, we get caught up in what strangers or internet friends may think that we forget to live for ourselves with those who are closest to us. Need some inspiration on how to show love to your favorite people in your life? I've gotcha:
1.) Hug your friend longer than three seconds. (They say the best hugs are at least 20 seconds!)
2.) Call those who you don't get to see very often. Life gets busy, but they still want to talk to you!
3.) Send some snail mail! Who doesn't LOVE getting an actual CARD in the mail instead of just spammy junk?
4.) Take a walk and talk about how life is going. From venting sessions to explaining how beautiful life is, chatting is truly therapeutic.
5.) At the end of the day, send a prayer, an intention, a vibe, whatever you believe in for those who mean the most. Even if you aren't on great terms, even if they aren't walking this earth anymore, even if you see them EVERY SINGLE DAY - say it, think it, put it out into the universe.
The world needs more true acts of love, not comments on Instagram. See a hug, send a hug, give a hug. We all need more hugs.
Are there any other ways you love showing love? I would love to hear and add to the list! Leave a comment below, reach out on social media, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.