We all know the iconic song by Journey “Open Arms”. It’s one of my many favorites to sing along to when it comes on the radio. There was a time, this song was just a song, but now it’s much more to me.
9 years ago, 4th of July weekend, I was standing waist deep in the lake with some family, friends of family, and my newly wed husband. We were on our honeymoon and they happened to be vacationing at the same spot we were. Someone was blaring music from their boat and the song “Open Arms” came on. A woman who was a friend of the family’s shouted to her husband “This is my favorite song, who sings it?” He shrugged her off, maybe he didnt hear her. I didn’t know, so I shouted “Journey.” She proceeded to tell me she wanted her husband to answer because he should know her well enough. For some reason, that always stuck in my head whenever I heard the song. I barely knew this woman, I only met her a couple of times. The only thing I knew about her was she was maybe in her mid to late 30’s and she was very outgoing.
Sometime after that, I learned that her and her husband split up, and he was remarried. I remembered thinking “wow, I thought they were a great couple”. Then, what seemed like a short time after, which life is just that, I heard she passed away from cancer. All of this happened within a very short amount of time. Just a few short years. That quick, her life was cut short and she left behind a daughter. That quick, she was gone.
So now, when this song comes on the radio, I am still reminded of this woman I barely knew and get emotional. I am reminded of how quickly your life can be cut short. I am reminded of how fast things can change. I am reminded to love with all my heart and don’t take life for granted. You never know when you’re going to be called home. So open your arms and hug your loved ones tight, love with all of your heart, and live.