When I die I hope that there will be laughter.
I hope that champagne will be served.
I hope that people wear red.
And I hope when people speak of me that this is what they will say:
She hugged too hard.
She laughed too loud.
She felt too much.
She swore too much.
She talked too much.
She wore heels that were too tall.
She wore skirts that were too short.
She had too many tattoos.
She made too many inappropriate jokes.
She asked too many questions.
She drank too much caffeine.
She drank too much wine.
She made peace with being too much for too many.
She was overdressed.
She was never early.
She couldn’t sing but that never stopped her.
She couldn’t sew.
She couldn’t bake.
She couldn’t be contained.
She never had a shortage of people in her kitchen.
She made her own traditions.
She stopped using her voice for apologies unearned.
She loved with reckless abandon.
She tried to see the whole world.
She tried to save the corners that she could.
She tried to give her children deep roots and wide wings.
She let go.
She carried herself as though she was made of feathers.
She never smoothed her wild edges.
She never stopped writing new chapters.
She never stopped chasing the light.
She was a tangled mess.
She was strong.
She was fierce.
She was brave.
She was a badass.
She dreamed out loud.
Her friends were her soulmates.
The ocean was her therapy.
Grace was her religion.
Imperfection was her backbone.
Forgiveness was her freedom.
She lived like there was magic enveloped in the every day.
She lived like there would never be enough time.
She lived like there was fire in her veins.
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Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.