My heart is heavy today.
You know those people you feel so fortunate to know? The ones who make you think differently, change your perspective, enlighten, inspire, encourage, & just all around awesome human being. I never met Kailen Combs Taylor, but I feel as if I knew her. I came across Kailen & her journey through the Tone It Up online fitness community. Kailen’s blog kept so many of us up to date on her fight, but mostly she shared her beautiful outlook & spirit with all of us.
Kailen lost her battle to stage 4 breast cancer Tuesday after 3 years of fighting & countless battles. She was only 25 years old.
Being 28 myself, this made me think-What was I doing at 25? What have I done in these 3 extra years Kailen didn’t get?
At 25 I trained for my first marathon, became engaged & married to my best friend. I was forutunate enough to have a routine of going to work each day & coming home each evening to cook dinner. Something I though was so mundane & took for granted now that I have heard Kailen say this was her ultimate wish; “boring.”
In the 3 years since:
-I’ve ran a marathon.
-I witnessed my best friend give birth to my Godson.
-I attended the 140th Kentucky Derby. (Kailen was a Kentuckian too)
-I moved 700+ miles closer to home.
-I’ve attended 4 music concerts (all with family, this year alone)
-I’ve had 3 more Christmas’ with friends & family.
I can’t imagine what Kailen’s family is going through right now. It seems they are carrying on with Kailen’s amazing outlook on life & her unbeatable spirit.
Take the time to do something good today. Whether it’s donating to a cause, buying someone’s coffee, or smiling at everyone you encounter.
We all can make a difference.