My family did get some devastating news quite suddenly last week. After a few weeks of headaches and an emergency trip to the hospital, my sweet Aunt Lisa was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was by far the most heartbreaking news I have ever gotten. But with lots of prayers, positivity, and love, a few days later we were told that it was treatable.
I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen a person more loved. The amount of people that showed up to visit was amazing, dinners and lunches were constantly brought over, and everyone offered their hearts. It was touching, but I know if anyone deserves that sort of treatment, it is certainly my Aunt Lisa!
For my birthday, I was going to write 25 things I have learned thus far. And I still might. But after the recent events, I decided to write 25 things my Aunt Lisa has taught me because she is one hell of a woman, and I can't wait to learn even more!
25 Things Aunt Lisa Taught Me
2. Open your heart to give and receive love. It will come back to you in ten folds.
3. Laugh. Laugh a lot. And it's even better when it's loud and infectious and daily.
4. Give to others; both in tangible (food, clothing, presents) and intangible ways (love, motivation, spirit).
5. Learn how to cook. Nothing taste better than something homemade!
6. Speaking of which, if you're good at something (like cooking!), teach others.
7. Kids are the best, and you know you're golden when they like you!
8. If you're heartbroken, make a list of what you want. It will come to you, promise. :)
9. If you need Zyrtec, buy the generic version at Sam's Club! =D
10. Have game nights and always equip them with snacks.
11. If something momentous is happening in a loved one's life (friends and family alike), go be apart of it. It will mean so much to both of you.
12. Go to the beach in the early morning. You'll beat the crowds, and it's beyond peaceful.
13. Someone snarky with you? Kill 'em with kindness! Trust me, they'll turn off that 'tude once you start singing "'Deck The Halls" to them, haha!
14. It's okay to cry. It's okay to cry a lot. It's okay to cry at graduations, birthdays, watching your niece be a Troop Leader. It shows you care. =)
15. Be aware of others' feelings, thoughts, and preferences.
16. You don't want to mess with an Erickson girl - they're sweet as sugar, but tough as nails.
17. If you want something, fight for it.
18. Bike shorts really are so comfortable!
19. Collecting things is cool! (Some gather crosses, nutcrackers, and bear figurines, while others like shells, art prints, and Betsy Johnson bags =D)
20. When in doubt, make something Italian. Everyone likes cheese, noodles, and/or bread!
21. The best reality TV can be found on the Food Network or in New Jersey. ;)
22. Have a close group of friends that you mutually love and respect. There may be a time you really need them, and they'll be there in a heart beat.
23. Adore babies! Seriously, they are the most fun!
24. Invest in the things you love the most.
25. Always be aware of where your keys are before you get out of your car. If not, you just make lock them inside your vehicle...twice in one week. :D
My cousins Lindsey and Time also started a Facebook group called Lasko Strong. If you feel so inclined, please feel free to like the page and follow our progress. And lastly, love you Aunt Lisa! Thank you for teaching me this 25 things. =) <3