My Turn: ‘Life’ teaches us to live

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist

Life finally stopped happening; now I can live.

Actually, it is through this “life” stuff — the kind of stuff that completely turns your world upside down — that we really learn to live. That’s where our true strength comes from, in stepping out of our own lives and criss-crossing it with others.

I heard several people this past spring comment, “If life would just stop happening, then I could get things done.” I was guilty of this.

Sometimes, “life” gets in the way of life. If we could just stop the world from turning.

What that means, though, is that it’s time to stop and smell the roses, or as a former neighbor said, to at least stop and look up at the clouds.

I’m coming off one of the craziest of times in my life. I never felt as constantly behind as I have recently.

This spring, my daughter Laura got married, and I now have a grandchild on the way. But before it was over, we also had a funeral when Uncle Nacho unexpectedly passed away, and right before my comprehensive exams.

When real “life” things happen, and keep happening, it allows you to put things into perspective.

Don’t get so busy living your life that you don’t “live.”