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Life, Death and the Lessons We Learn

I recently had the misfortune of losing a dear friend.  Her death was tragic.  But she left me gifts.

I suppose these types of things always make us ponder and do a double take when it comes to our own lives.  I took stock of what was going on in my own life.  I admit, I was having a bit of a pity party.  The “oh, poor little me” kind of thing.

My life has undergone a lot of changes in the last 5 or 6 years and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself over it.  Well, no more!  This girl is going to Bloom Where She’s Planted!

Something else that really struck me as profound is a saying that goes: “Everything You Want Is On The Other Side Of Fear”.  Wow.  Just….wow….

I realized I was letting my fears hold me back.  Well, no more!  This girl is going to get what she wants, Just On The Other Side of Fear! 

These things didn’t dawn on me until I lost my friend.  I think she sent me a gift.  I think she was saying, “Enjoy your life and don’t stay stuck like I was.  Get out there and LIVE!”

I live in an area that has SO many opportunities to learn, meet people, explore and I have been looking at nothing but the negative side of things.  I’m here.  I may as well make the best of it.  I need to quit being a big chicken and just get out there!!

My friend’s death taught me something else.  It taught me to TALK.  TALK to those around me.  Let them know what’s going on in my life.  Don’t shut people out.  I think a lot of writers tend to be introverts; myself included.  But there is danger in that.

If you don’t talk to people, how will they know if there is something wrong?  Something serious that they could help with?

Share.  It may make a difference between life and death.


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

3 thoughts on “Life, Death and the Lessons We Learn

    1. Oh, thank you! I know it’s been a while for me too. I hope you will be seeing more of me in the near future. Good to see you again too!!


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