Beyond The Moment

Hugging, JoanaWe hope you enjoy this guest post from one of our favourite writers, former New Life volunteer Joana – you can also follow her at her blog, Scars Along The Way!

Today I found myself thinking about how important some people are to me.

Yet, more than the persons, what stays with me are the memories of the moments: the smiles, the tears, the understanding looks, the silences, and above all, the feelings I had in every one of those moments.

Today I found myself in my nest thinking about those who at some point I thought I could never live without, but without whom, and against my first certainty, whose absence I actually manage to survive.

Today I found myself thinking that some leave only a scratch, while others leave a flesh wound. And then, there are those who make such a deep scar that it will never fade away.

Today I found myself thinking that it is so easy to take people for granted, to see them as a constant presence in our lives…and I found myself thinking how difficult it is to live while being aware that it all might end the next second.

Today I found myself curled up in my corner of the world thinking about how everything changes, passes and the sooner we accept this, the better. It really doesn’t matter how tight and close we want to keep all those “others”, because we will all leave at some point.

What matters are the memories and feelings that I keep with me.

Now I look at myself and realize that all these words are nothing but a big cliché that add nothing to the truth of life, but still, I felt a huge urge to shout out loud the weight that some people have upon my existence.

To all those I have already hugged in a really felt way, those hugs that we give with the whole body, those hugs that seem to last forever and that sometimes even hurt a little, to all of you I send these words. Know that if we have ever hugged that way it’s because you’re among those I will never forget and will always carry you with me, wherever I am. Thank you for sharing the smiles, the tears, the laughter, the pouts, the melodies, the flavors, the peacefulness, the storms…thank you for making this journey a little more bearable.

With all my love!

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