Rest in Peace.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful...we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..." - Joel Osteen

I wanted to dedicate this Thankful Thursday post to these two influential people. Not only did they inspire people to be themselves, but they inspired hope, happiness, and love. 

Talia Castellano was a 13-year-old girl who had been through more in her thirteen years than anyone could ever imagine. At age seven, Talia was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. At one point she was declared cancer-free but ended up relapsing twice in the next six years. She was diagnosed with prelukemia in her bone marrow and there are currently no treatments that tackle both cancers at the same time. But throughout her struggle, Talia managed to stay positive and continued to live her life. She had a YouTube channel called TaliaJoy18 where she talked about her life, makeup and fashion. In September 2012, Talia appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show where she became a CoverGirl. What really hit me was that when she was asked about her struggle she replied, "Well, a little fishy told me to 'just keep swimming'!" On July 16, 2013, Talia lost her battle to cancer but she went down fighting. 

Talia is truly an inspiration. It really saddens me to have to talk about her in the past tense...she was so young and had so much she needed to do...and now she's gone. It's unbelievable and truly heartbreaking. 

Cory Monteith was also a great inspiration to millions across the world. Cory played Finn Hudson on the hit Fox series Glee but his journey was a tough one. He struggled with substance abuse from age 13, dropped out of school at age 16 and entered rehab at age 19 to get his life back together. In April 2013, Cory again entered rehab to get some help. On July 13, 2013 Cory passed away from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol. I didn't know much about Cory but I do know that he inspired a lot of people to become more accepting and instill happiness in others. When I heard about his death, I was definitely in shock and a sudden rush of sadness spilled over me. I didn't think I would be so affected by a celebrity's death but for some reason it didn't feel right. I mean of course it's terrible when someone passes away but I didn't really even keep up with Cory's life. I don't know.

Both Talia and Cory made a difference in the world in their own ways and for that they'll always be remembered. This Thursday I am thankful for all the love and joy these two people were able to spread across the nation. They truly are inspirations and should be remembered for that. May they rest in peace.

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