Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey | Memory, Mindfulness, Motivation

Remembering not to forget.
via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Participant & Blogger | AVAC®

Before I was even out of bed this morning, I received some very sad news: A college friend with whom I had recently reconnected had passed away last night. He had cancer, which was what ultimately killed him, but he’d had numerous health calamities throughout his life, as far back as his teen years (when I met him, he had been out of school for two years while he got an organ transplant and regained his strength).

time flies
The steps of Low Library, where my friend and I met in 1992.

My friend, O, never gave up — he lived his life as fully as anyone I’ve ever known. His health issues didn’t stop him from having a family, being an entrepreneur, making a circle of friends much wider than my own.

And so I was thinking of him as I pushed myself in Absolute Strength and Endurance this morning — how we’re not guaranteed a long life or health, how I’m doing this to live as well as I can for as long as I can, how important it is to appreciate the time that we have and the people we love. Life is precious, and loss is inevitable: These aren’t original thoughts, but they struck me with extra force today, and I was grateful — grateful! — to be struggling through another pushup, lifting a heavier kettle bell, leaning into a stretch. I will miss my friend, who was taken too young, and I will try to honor his memory by not taking my own life or health for granted.

—Lydia M. 

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