Often in life we fail to appreciate the people who bring sunshine in our lives. Life is too short , they say. I always used to think this as some kind of joke.
Just yesterday my friend informed me that one of my ex colleague suddenly passed away in a car crash while she was on a vacation in America. At first I couldn’t believe this. I was very close to her while I worked in Mumbai. We used to go for evening strolls and discuss so much about life, education, our bosses and departments, families and a lot more. Her daughter was the same age as me and I looked up to her as a motherly figure. She was humble and kind and touched my life in ways I can not describe by words. I still remember her affectionate hugs and the way she’d hold my hand while we’d go for a walk. When I told her about my move from Mumbai and the organisation, she was very happy for me and gave me many good wishes and blessings.
Just last September, I happened to be in Mumbai and had an extra half day to my leisure. I missed the place I worked for 3 years a lot and the people there a lot more. I told my friend who had accompanied me to the Mumbai trip, that I wished to go to RCP and my friend was more than happy to come along.
And guess what – who was the 1st person I called / met ? It was her. I vividly recollect going to her desk and she looked at me with surprise and gave me the warmest hug. We sat and chatted on about life and she was really happy to listen to me and was also telling me all about her work, her daughters and her upcoming USA vacation. Amongst all the people I met that day in my ex office, I think I spent the largest amount of time with her. I told her how she had inspired me to take the big move and how much I miss the evening strolls with her. While we parted ways, she once again gave me a hug and a peck on my cheeks. It was endearing and heartwarming for me.
Just a couple of days back I was thinking of my next trip to Mumbai and she was on the top of my list of people to meet. Little did I know of life’s plan.
Getting the news of her demise was of sudden shock. A sense of grief ran over me. I have a lump in my throat while I type this. This was uncalled for and totally unexpected.
As you know me, I haven’t been a person who’d hold back saying something I mean to say. That has been one of the best and also one of the worst things about me. But today I want to say something that needs to be said.
Following the day I got to know the news, I sent the above message with a personalized message thanking a few special friends who have had a deep impact in my life. I told them how much they mattered to me and why I absolutely adore their presence in my life. Almost all of them responded back to me in their own ways.
While I may not be able to do this for every person in my life, I do feel a sense of gratitude from the bottom of my heart to every person who has molded me into the person I am today.
Thank you to every person who has ever opened up and read my blogs here on Decoding Happyness – you have shared a part of my soul – multiplied my happiness & divided my sadness. Thank you for your kindness and inspiring words when I was blue, for your patience when I was lost and your belief in me when I felt confused.
Warm hugs & prayers,