Tag Archives: Death

Day 2653: What is Death?

Death is a reminder of the temporariness of life– that’s what I keep realizing.

 

It’s 10 : 36  AM on day 2653 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,  read  and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – A HUGE thanks to  Stan Faryna, author of Francesco Augustine Bernadone  who donated $50 and Meg Guegan who donated $25  which brings the total raised to  $5 381 only $7 119 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.

 

Today we woke up to the sad news that our family friend and the man who helped bring both my sister and brother into the world, Dr. Thomas, passed away I remember the last time we saw him he told us that he was the reason for my brother’s existence (apparently he convinced my parents to have baby number 3 even offering to pay for the baby’s food and diapers LOL 🙂 ) he was such a sweet man who I will forever remember  with great fondness. Rest in peace uncle till we meet again.

Day 2505: 3 Years Gone But Never Forgotten

The meaning of love is not to possess – that’s what I’m learning.

 

It’s 12 : 09 PM on day 2505 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Isaiah 25:7-8,   have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised to $2 230 only $10 270 more to raise  by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot .

 

On this day three years ago my ammachi (grandmother) passed away and took a piece of my heart with her I’m glad she’s no longer suffering but I wish every day that she could have seen me in the newspaper, on the radio, on the zipline, on the paraglider and even on national TV she was so determined that I learn to walk I wish she could see that I am more than okay even though God didn’t grant her request. I miss you every day ammachi but I’m okay and forever will be okay thank you so much for all your prayers they were answered just not in the way you hoped.

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Day 2387: Rest In Peace Ahmed Kathrada

“The hardest thing to open is a closed mind.” – Ahmed Kathrada

 

It’s 10 : 39  AM on day 2387 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read James 5: 20 , have breakfast  and learn a new word – Rapacious (ra·pa·cious) Adj Aggressively greedy or ravenous; plundering: “A rapacious salesman.”

 

This morning I woke up to the very sad news that anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada passed away I know that nobody can live forever but some people really should he was the last few of a dying breed of noble, honest and courageous human beings. Thank you for the freedoms I currently enjoy I will try to honour your life by living your values. RIP Uncle Kathy we love you.

 

Day 2274: Forever in Our Hearts Nelson Mandela

“There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.” – Nelson Mandela

 

It’s 12: 20 PM on day 2274 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,   read Hebrews 12:5 and work on my  25 Smiles Campaign    –raised $9 161.04 only  $3 338.96 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).

 

Today marks the three year anniversary of Former President Nelson Mandela’s death I know he lived a long life and made a massive impact but I still wish he was here the world needs him now as much as ever before. We Miss You Madiba.

Day 1962: The purpose of death for the living

All death serves as a reminder of the temporariness of life – that’s what I’ve realized.

 

It’s 12 : 15 PM on day 1962 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Philippians 3, learn one new thing –The average person can hear sounds down to about 0 dB, the level of rustling leaves. Some people with very good hearing can hear sounds down to -15 dB. If a sound reaches 85 dB or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to your hearing. – have breakfast  and work on my  25 Smiles Campaign –raised $1 360 so far only $4 890 more to raise by 10 Jan 2017  (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far :) ) .

 

This morning I realized all death serves as a reminder of the temporariness of life appreciate life and the people in your life before you can’t anymore.

Day 1807: Living your eulogy

“Have you notices that when we die, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success?” ― Arianna Huffington, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

 

It’s 12 : 00 PM on day 1807  of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth,  pray, read Mark 13,    publish my Disability of the Day feature,     have breakfast, learn one new thing –Bloviate [blo·vi·ate] i.v. To speak or write at length in a pompous or boastful manner.– and  promote my Educate Generations campaign – $4 601 raised so far.

 

Yesterday evening I realized that if my life were to end in that very moment I would be sincerely proud of the way I lived and who I was as a person I am more or less the person I would want to be remembered as when I’m dead which is one of the things I’m most proud of.

Day 1775: A Year Without Grandmother

Those who pass away live in our memories – that’s what I keep realizing.

 

It’s 12 :  43 PM on day 1775  of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth,  pray, read Matthew 7,    publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing –In the spring, a nanny goat gives birth to one kid (sometimes two), which must be on its feet within minutes of arrival into its sparse mountain world. Mountain goats eat plants, grasses, mosses, and other alpine vegetation. – have breakfast, make sandwiches for Cynthia’s ( our housekeeper’s) neighborhood with mom’s help as part of  Virginia’s Sandwich Run – (thank you mommy  for all your help) –    and  promote my Educate Generations campaign – $3 372 raised so far (thanks everyone 🙂 )

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Today marks the one year anniversary of my paternal grandmother’s death I am sad that she has passed but that sadness is mixed with immense gratitude for all the years we had together (she was so spunky and funny every time I remember her I can’t help but smile… she was awesome 🙂 ). Thank you Ammachi (grandmother) for all the joy and wisdom you gave me you rocked this life I hope I’m making you proud.

Day 1711: The Small Things

When someone dies it’s the small things you miss the most – that’s what I am realizing.

 

It’s 12 :  15 PM on day 1711 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray,  read Hosea 10, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – All of these animals are considered vulnerable (African elephant and polar bear) or endangered (giant panda), but the gorilla is critically endangered with a dwindling population in the wild.  –  feed myself bread with egg and a banana   for breakfast and promote my Educate Generations campaign– Athira donated $35  (thanks SO MUCH Athira and chachen) which bring my total raised to $2 954 🙂

 

Yesterday I was thinking about my paternal grandmother who died almost a year ago and strangely enough it’s not the food she cooked me or the talks we had that I missed the most it was sitting at our dining table holding her hand (towards the end of her life I doubt she remembered who I was I had to cajole her into holding my hand and every time she did I was so happy).

Day 1444: A Month and Three Days

You never really get over losing someone you love with time you just learn to live with the ache in your heart – that’s what I keep realizing.

 

It’s 12  : 59 PM on day 1444 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, go back to bed,  feed myself boiled egg with bread for breakfast (with mom’s help), pray,  read Psalm 132, publish my Disability of the Day feature and have a foot massage for my foot infection and ask celebrities to help me with my upcoming campaign  – I asked a few celebs to auction off something of theirs and donate the proceeds to my upcoming campaign hopefully it works.

 

It’s been a month and three days since my grandma died I thought I would be over it by now but I’m not I guess you never really get over losing someone you love with time you just learn to live with the ache in your heart.

Day 1431: Life, Death and Urgency

Death gives urgency to life– that’s what I realized today.

 

It’s 12  : 10  PM on day 1431 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray, start reading Psalm 119, feed myself bran flakes with banana for breakfast, finish reading Psalm 119 – Psalm 119 was the biggest Psalm I’d seen but I was determined to finish it –     publish my Disability of the Day feature,    practice sitting up straight to strengthen my core muscles,stretch my hamstrings and continue reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – Malcolm Gladwell is one of the few famous people I’d like to meet (you can tell I’m a bookworm) every time I read one of Malcolm’s books I learn new things I’d like to thank him for that

 

Today thinking about my grandma I suddenly felt more urgent about my life there are so many things I want to do before I leave this world I want to help more people, I want to travel the world, I want to have new experiences… death is funny it’s scary to think about yet it’s exactly what we need to jolt us out of mediocrity.