Picture of the butterfly taken by me.
Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year depending on the species. Humans could live for over a hundred years. But still, we tend to think that human life is too short. I have come to the conclusion that wishing for a long life is great, but wishing for a meaningful life is even more important, even if it turns out to be a short one. I have 2 friends that died young. One in his 20's and the second in her 30's. They were both artists and had beautiful souls. I often think about all the things that they didn't have the chance to experience. But also, I think about the deep mark that they left in their relatives and friends.
I have also been thinking about Christina Taylor; the 9 year old girl that was killed in the Tucson shooting the other day. She seemed to be a very special girl with high dreams for the future. But an unfortunate event made her life have a tragic ending. Like a butterfly, she didn't live for a very long time, but I'm sure that the beauty of her breve existence will always stay in the heart of the people who loved her.
Natalie's portrait taken by me.
When I think about Christina Taylor I can't help myself but think about my own girl, Natalie. She will turn 8 in May. When it comes to children, we tend to put lots of energy into planning their future, which is of course important. But even more important is to celebrate them now, in the present. Childhood itself doesn't last forever, it's such a short stage in a person's life.
I want to enjoy this unique time while Natalie and Diego are still little. I want to treasure every daily event with them in my heart. Because in the future, even if I happen to have a long life, I know that it won't be a meaningful one unless I get to enjoy the fact that I was awake right now, when they need me the most.