It Was The Best of Times… It Was The Worst of Times… It’s Life.

As 2017 comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect back to the last few years of my life and how far I have come from the worst of times to the best of times. Those of you who have been following my blog for some time, have witnessed my struggles and celebrations. Thank you for your support and kindness.

The Best of Times…

Four years ago, just when I thought life would give me a break, I fractured my left ankle during the first day of my 7 day Hawaiian vacation. It wasn’t exactly the break I was looking for. At the time, all I could see were regrets and pain. If only, I wasn’t so eager to chase after that turtle! If only I wasn’t so clumsy… if only I didn’t take that step… If only… Oh the regrets that occupied my mind…


That step took me down a hole so deep that I thought I would never be able to climb out. But somehow, I did. As terrible as that step was for me, I realized; I would not be where I am today had I not taken that slippery step. The broken and painful step took me on the path of living a purposeful life — where I can use my life experience to help other people who are still stuck in their own deep holes to see a way out. The job affords me the opportunity to live the independent life I had lost so many year ago.

For my 52nd birthday last month, I went back to Hawaii to celebrate my independence.

IMG_3426_resizedI finally fulfilled my dream to swim with the turtle after three years of waiting.

DSC_8226I rediscovered love with me, myself and I.  And found myself at the end of the rainbow.

IMG_1508Life Lessons learned: Things happen for a reason, good or bad. No regrets. Learn from it and move on. Have faith. The right opportunity will show up when you are ready to receive it. You never know where that next step will take you.

The Worst of Times…

After I got back from Hawaii, a very difficult decision was waiting for me to make. My beloved Max was having hard time walking. I took him to the vet and was given the bad news that cancerous tumors have invaded his entire body. I could prolong his life for a few months with surgery and chemo. Given the fact, Max was 12 years old; I decided to help him live the rest of his life as comfortably as possible. And hoping, maybe… by some miracle that he would get better on his own. Unfortunately, after a couple of weeks; I knew I was only being selfish keeping him. I did the inevitable and took him to the vet for his final check-up.

Now that he’s gone, I realized I took him for granted. Maximus Minumus, a true friend and companion who never complained, never hurt me or anyone, was always ready to play and most of all give unconditional love.


DSC_8238This photo was taken two hours before I took him to the vet. Even to the end, he was ready to play; even if all he could do was to sit there and enjoy the the moment.

Life lessons I learned from Max:  Live life in the moment. Accept the good and the bad. Enjoy what you have. Give love and kindness even if the person doesn’t deserve it. Smile even when you hurt. Don’t complain. It’s Life.

May All Beings Be Happy and Peaceful… Happy New Year.


8 thoughts on “It Was The Best of Times… It Was The Worst of Times… It’s Life.

  1. Max was a beautiful dog. Twelve is not long enough but still a good life span for a golden. I feel your grief…..I share your grief. In a very real way Max will be with you forever.

  2. Oh, Emily, I understand so well how you are feeling about the void that Max has left. When Limo left us, it was the first time in more than 40 years that we had been without a dog in the family. Now only our Leo remains, and he is such a comfort to have with us here in New Zealand. I am really delighted to hear that your ankle has mended so well and that you are again able to pursue your love of the adventurous activities. I hope to be able to snorkel in the Poor Knights Islands again in the near future, and if so, I’ll certainly be thinking of you!

  3. Happy New Year Emily! Thanks for checking out Bodhi’s adventures, looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    And so sorry about Max, it’s the hardest thing to do. I lost my Jack Russell Terrier Sawyer almost 2 years ago due to cancer, it’s tough. I adopted Bodhi shortly after that and he has definitely brought back the fun and laughter.

  4. Oh my.. So proud and happy for you😊 So sorry to hear about Max. Our Furry friends ask very little and give so much.. Stay well my friend…Life is not perfect but worth living, learning and loving…

    1. Thank you for all your good wishes and kind words over the years, Roberta. Yes, life is not perfect and I wouldn’t want it if it were. But it’s definitely worth living, learning and… LOVING. Happy New Year, Roberta. I look forward to reading and learning from you. 🙂

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