I was going to use this post to tell you a bit about my Life drama. Then I got news of some real Life Drama – and I decided my silliness can wait.
Life. It’s totally uncertain, every nanosecond of the day. And I am convinced that the only way any of us get through Life with any semblance of grace and sanity is to recognize that and …. embrace it? Balance it? Without obsessing about it, we need to be able to be In the Moment while also planning for the future – otherwise, what’s the point, right?
I’m thinking about this, as our Perfume Community says goodbye to yet another beloved member who has died, suddenly and unexpectedly. We lost a beloved YouTube reviewer, Dan Mickers Mish, a few weeks ago. He left a young family and many friends and so many perfume folks who loved and enjoyed his posts.
Last night I learned of Gaia Fischler’s sudden passing. For those of you who have been on the blogs for some time, Gaia was very well-known and well-loved for her well-written, well-researched and very personal reviews. She was passionate about her cats, makeup (oh, the fabulous info (truly epic in its thoroughness) that I got from her makeup reviews) – and her love for her husband (Ori, the Blonde) was beautiful to witness.
oh. And perfume. Especially vintage perfume. I learned SO much about so many vintage perfumes (and vintages of vintage perfumes) through her writings.
Here is a lovely remembrance, written by Ori. http://www.thenonblonde.com/
I can’t write any better than that about Gaia but I can add a recommendation to us all:
Allow yourself to be loved (hard for a lot of us – but DO IT!)
Love yourself (even harder – but DO THIS!! Fo’ SHO!)
Be grateful for the gifts you have been given (and yes, it’s okay to want more – or better – just don’t forget to be grateful for what you do have!)
Wear your pretty things! ALL THE PRETTY THINGS. Enjoy them, every moment. I had a little vial of vintage Coty Chypre that, literally (and I mean that) caused my eyes to roll back in my head when I would sniff it. I wore it, sparingly – and then it evaporated! While I’m grateful for those ‘sparing’ experiences, a part of me wishes I’d just gone whole hog on the damb thing. Wear all the pretty things. Life is weird.
Lather, rinse, repeat!
I love you all – you are very much appreciated here on the Posse, both as commenters and as people, as you allow us little glimpses of your lives. Please know how much you matter.