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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Dear October | Blogtober #1


Ten years ago, sometime in the spring, I had a brief conversation with someone I had admired from afar for a while. Talented, already so successful, a real ethereal beauty with the ability to strike up a meaningful conversation with everyone. During our brief conversation my photographic work was complemented. And those words meant more to me than even I could fathom at the time. Enough for them to still rattle around inside my head to this day, although I must admit that I had forgotten about them.

I suppose they were metaphorically hidden under a pile of papers and a few centimetres of dust. But they were still there. And that proves they're important. A few days ago I learnt that this person has passed away. So young. So talented. So successful. So vibrant. I no longer live in the same part of the country, nor am I in touch with anyone from that time, but somehow I stumbled across the sad news and for a few seconds I felt myself unable to breathe. The papers and dust were caught by a gust of wind, those lost breaths, and those words that I had mislaid were uncovered. Telling me, the persistent procrastinator, the expert putter-offer, the determined ditherer, that the time is now. The time is always now. Because time for each of us is not endless. Because we never know how far down our path we already stand. Because we owe it to ourselves to give ourselves our best chance.

In November I'll be doing something I never thought I would do, but make no mistake, the future doesn't start there. It starts now. It always starts right now.

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31 comments:

  1. It's so great to see a post from you Jennie, in fact I was thinking about you the other day, hoping you were ok! I'm so pleased for whatever it is you've decided to do in November - life is for living, as you say x

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Thank you lovely lady, it's good to be back! <3

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  2. Those words are beautiful and how sad :(

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. so sorry to hear that your talented friend had passed away. the good die young.. and i hope his talent forever inspires you. i'm so excited to hear about your november adventures. have a good october jennie xx

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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  4. Yes, Yes and Yes.


    also, intrigued as to what's happening in November?!

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    1. <3

      I can't talk about it because it's scary and kind of freaks me out, so I'm ignoring it for as long as possible hehe x

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  5. Jennie, I'm so pleased to see you're back. I am so sorry for your loss, it sounds like this talented person really left their mark and impacted you and that's something you can cherish forever. Another beautifully written post too <3

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely, it's nice to be back! xo

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  6. What beautiful words, Jennie. I am really sorry for your loss.

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  7. This sounds exactly like somebody that I know that passed away early last month - he was able to put a great big grin on anybody's face. This made me feel sad reading this because it reminded me of him :( sorry that you had to hear that news though! X

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  8. I'm really sorry to hear about your friend, it's so tragic when people lose their lives so young. But I'm glad to hear you're able to take something positive from it and you're going to allow the experience of knowing them to help you make positive changes in your life. x

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news Jennie. How awful, but it's amazing that you still remember that special conversation from years ago. I wish you luck in whatever you have planned and I'm sure it will be something fantastic. If you ever want to talk about anything, I'm just an email away! <3 xxx

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Jennie. It's great to see a post from you, I hope you're doing well x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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    1. Thank you sweet, it's nice to be back <3

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  11. I wholeheartedly agree. Time is nobody's friend.
    I feel dis-enchanted and a little bit lost at present. I am holding it together on the outside, but not on the inner.
    I know that positivity surrounds me and is out there... I just need to find my piece.

    x x x

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    1. Take care of yourself lovely, you're stronger than you think! <3

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  12. I cannot even tell you how much this post affected me. Thank you so much for posting it. Sometimes life is so short but as long as we make the most of every second we get, then the length of time really isn't an issue.

    I'm so sorry that you lost someone who meant so much to you.

    <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thank you for reading lovely <3

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  13. I'm sorry to hear about your long lost person
    Maybe odd but you seems to gain positive
    power from it, welcome back Jennie! Xx
    Ice Pandora

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  14. So sorry to hear about your friend :( It's always awful when somebody passes away so young. I'm sure they would be happy to have inspired you <3

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  15. I'm so sorry for your loss Jennie - it's always hard news to hear even when you're no longer close or even in touch at all. I hope whatever you have planned for November works out amazingly for you <3
    Have a lovely October, too!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear that your friend passed away, Jennie, sending lots of love <3 xx

    Toasty

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  17. I'm so sorry to read of the sad news, but I'm excited to discover what you have planned for the future.

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