My friend, Indigo, passed away yesterday afternoon in Kamloops.
The world seems a lesser place today, bereft of an generous, inspiring, vivacious soul. The suddenness of it all seems to make it harder. Cancer is the disease that takes people slowly, creeps and withers them, not plucks them away in a week. Photos of her from a couple of weeks ago show no hint of sickness. Her eyes bright and mischievous. Her frame looking strong not wasting. It is all so unbelievable.
Some of her friends, who like me have never met her or met her briefly but know her from correspondence and her generousity, have talked about getting together. Inspired by her "don't let life pass you by" attitude. That is a good thing. The idea that you shouldn't wait to meet those who have come into your life through the distance, those whose spirit you only know electronically. Some times the practicality of the life up here gets in the way of all that, just as it keeps us away from family and friends that we do know much more deeply.
I've much to write, and at the same time have nothing to write. So I'll just say this...
Goodbye my friend. Thank you for letting my into your life from afar, and for all the inspiration.
Indigo Sweetwater -"About me: January 2011 : New decade, new year, new month. All those good intentions, I'll make mine for a month: to sing once each day, to finish at least one project this month and to memorize the walrus and the carpenter. big, bad and beautiful as ever , just ask me, I'll tell ya'"