Today's entry is a tribute to my friend Jonny Sedassy who passed away a year ago today after a long and difficult battle with bowel cancer. Jonny - not a day has gone past where I haven't thought about you. You may be gone but you are far from being forgotten. You have given me so much inspiration and for that I really thank you. If it weren't for you I doubt my life would have taken the path it has now. I had a moment of realisation last year where I thought: what if I were the one that got cancer and passed away, what would I want people to say about my life? Would I want people to say 'Oh she had a great career in Pharmaceuticals?' No. Would success matter? No. Would money? No. But would life experiences, yes! Would having great friends in my life, yes!
That was one of the major things that gave me the drive to make, what was to me quite a major decision about my life. Giving up my career, coming to South America on my own, and not being able to speak the language was a big deal for me but now I am here it has been the best experience of my life! I really believe that you Jonny gave me the insipration to do it, because you taught me just how precious life can be, how it can be taken from you at any time and for this reason to make every day count.
Today I am going to climb a big hill which has great views of Santiago and take lots of pictures (another thing you taught me to do!!) I know that you are never far and you can see everything I see but I like to document it anyways. After that I am going to go for coffee and cake, read my book and study. You will probably laugh but I am reading the Twillight book in Spanish. It is a rubbish story (I only just made it through the English version without gagging) but the language is so simple I imagine it is probably suitable for 9-10 year olds. It takes me about 5 minutes to read a page so its slow progress but I love the challenge!
Thanks again J, I have had some strange, wierd and wonderful experiences on my trip so far, and I'm almost certain it is you looking out for me! You must have had some laughs seeing some of the situations I managed to get myself into!
Keep on disco dancing in the sky, I know you will be having a ball up there so keep on shinning!
Love you always x x x