Beginning with the end in mind: My Obituary

Note: This post is a #LetsBlogOff challenge to “Write your own obituary.” I don’t read obituaries and wasn’t real excited about this exercise, but I think it was timely. There’s nothing like beginning with the end in mind to get a New Year rolling…



This is not Denese. Although she was always a big fan of slashed, off the shoulder sweatshirts and big hair. Well into her 80’s. (Picture via Flixster.)


Denese loved the movie Flashdance.  However, when she watched it in her 40’s it wasn’t quite the movie she had remembered at 17. Somehow the stripper scenes had escaped her. What made an impression on young Denese was the song:

“What a feeling.
Bein’s believin’.
I can have it all, now I’m dancing for my life.
Take your passion
and make it happen.
Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life.”

She grew to live life as an adventure. She saw possibility in every twist and turn and spent her time encouraging others to do the same.

She was the one you’d go to when you needed to figure out next steps or just needed to be reminded how wonderful you were.

She saw people’s hearts before their faces. Even complete strangers.

She loved to dance, always wanted to sing, even tried sometimes, much to our dismay. To her, it was more important to try than fear looking foolish.

She wanted people to realize their greatness and God-given right for happiness, to never lose their childlike wonder and creative mind.

Even if she didn’t accomplish all she hoped for, know that she’s resting peacefully, tapping her feet, hoping that you’re dancing right through your life.

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