By Negilla Cenac
The presence of love carries with it a profound truth - the inevitability of eventual loss. Throughout our lives, the threads of loss are intricately woven into the fabric of our experiences, becoming not a question of "if," but rather a certainty of "when."
The raw reality we must confront is that these losses often arrive unexpectedly, catching us off guard and arriving far sooner than our anticipations. It's an indescribable experience to stand beside someone as their breath fades away, feeling the weight of the profound silence that follows the departure of life from their body. This simplicity is both stark and immensely deep. Life's very essence clings to a single breath, a delicate thread connecting the momentary presence of existence to the fleetingness of its absence.
Only those who've stood witness to the final exhalation of another can truly appreciate the impact it leaves behind. In the midst of this calm, a torrent of thoughts floods the mind - reflections on life, mortality, and the essence of what it means to truly live.
I, too, have stood by the bedside of a loved one, holding space as they took their last breath. This experience has enriched me with a treasury of insights. It's taught me to embrace life in all its forms, to acknowledge the ever-present unpredictability of existence. In that last exhalation and the ensuing stillness, there lies an opportunity for profound revelation. If we're open to it, departing loved ones can bestow upon us wisdom that spans the depth of human experience.
For those reading these words, take heed - the ability to breathe, to exist, to love, to laugh, to hug, to find joy, to engage, to dance, and to thrive still resides within you. Seize this precious moment, grasp its potential, and let it unfold to its fullest extent. It's an opportunity to embrace life's fragility, beauty, and the myriad emotions that make our journey uniquely human.
Negilla 'Keena' Cenac is a dynamic and versatile individual who wears many hats with grace and passion.