Last night at 9:30 my beloved Abuelo drifted into his next adventure. He always said he wanted to leave this world in his sleep and that was why he constantly napped during his Platinum years. He was a flawed and wonderful man and I love him with all my might. He was a tall and intimidating individual but his heart melted when ever he looked at me. He used to call me “lagrimita” because I cried at the drop of the hat but deep down I knew he was the same way. He was always extra kind to me, extra tolerant, extra supportive, extra devoted. I could see that in his eyes I was a wonderful treasure and he made sure to care for me as such. I didn’t always agree with him, in fact I mostly disagreed with his opinions and choices, but I always loved him.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to go visit Abuelo in Puerto Rico. He was on his way out, I could tell. His arms shook uncontrollably, his words were unintelligible and his eyes were empty pools. But I still saw him, the man he was in my heart, full of unimaginable love and strength. In that body, he was there, waiting for release. I hugged him, I held his hand, I talked about the weather, about my undying love and I thanked him for making me his princess all these years. My last visit was the hardest, I held him and cried and eventually had to leave. My heart broke that day as I walked away from him, knowing I would never see him again.
Today my broken heart is like an open wound. And I hurt in a way I can not explain. But in the mist of all this feelings I feel love. I feel love never-ending. I feel gratitude and love, love and more love.
Life is a treasure. Life is all this things that happen. Life is exhilarating joy and pain. But mostly life is love. And love, well, there is nothing as powerful as love.
So today I invite you to love. Love hard, love fast, love strong and love without fear. Even if your heart is broken, love. Because true love is all that is good. True love will heal your deepest wounds. True love will elevate you to heaven. Sure with love comes pain, but also the ultimate gift. Because you will never be stronger than when you are surrounded by love. Because when all else is gone, love will remain.
One day we will all depart to our new adventure. Till then make sure you fill every day with love, with kindness, with laughter and acceptance. Do what ever you need to do, what ever is important to you and do it with love. In this life, and after, love is all there is.