Today I said goodbye to a new yet dear friend. We met as yoga teacher and student when she sought out a private teacher during her breast cancer treatments. I tried to teach a full 60 minutes of yoga each time I went to her house, but we just wanted to laugh and talk during every visit. I knew instantly, during our first session, that we would be friends for whatever time we both had together on this earth. And we both thought it would be years, even talking about how we'd spend our 38th birthdays next year. It turned out that we just had a matter of months left. We both attended and graduated from Boston-area universities in the same year and went to Boston-area graduate schools at the same time. But it was yoga that brought us together. I didn't know her long but I knew her well, and everything said at today's Celebration of Life Ceremony I know to be true: she was kind, smart, funny, prepared, organized, remembered everything about other people and what was important to them, and that she brought joy to everyone around her. I knew she was this way around me and I wasn't surprised to learn that this is how she was with everyone, every single day of her life.
So long, dear friend. I wish we'd had longer together. Wherever you maybe, I hope that you have your yoga mat, unlimited orange juice, and some fuzzy socks. I'm wearing a pair today just for you. #itsthejourneynotthedestination #findjoyinthemoment #breatheinbreatheout #ohtheplacesyoga