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Through all this I have pondered - what is the meaning of life? Is it having goals and aims? Is it to share knowledge, love, positivity? Is it to evolve, to grow as a human being? Is it to touch lives during your time on earth whether it may be long or short?... and I found that the answer is yes. It is all those things. I believe this because of Emily Maldonado. The name Emily means rival or to emulate. And a better name could not have been chosen for her. Knowing and being part of Emily’s life is such a privilege and blessing.
She was an inspiration.
She was fearsome as a rival…cancer is very aware of that. She was someone I would love to emulate. But I know I wouldn’t come close. Emily in her teenage years found religion, found God. She sought out Catholicism and was baptized Catholic. One of the first spiritual accomplishments that impressed me about her, from a very young age, she was seeking spiritual fulfillment and knowledge.
She taught me by example that it is important to have goals and to accomplish them. She graduated high school and went on to attend San Jacinto College. She was employed at Kohls while attending SJC. I recall always being so impressed with her professionalism and knowledge of all things Kohls. When I would listen to her answer questions of “all things Kohls” I pictured her running the marketing department one day. Their competitor department stores lucked out. Like I said - she was a fearsome rival. She continued her pursuit of higher learning at St Thomas University. While at St Thomas University she worked at the Asia Society Texas Center. There she enhanced her knowledge of Asia. A culture she admired. She received her degree in Marketing.
She was diagnosed with this “bit*! of a disease soon after. But you think this deterred her from anything?? No. This wasn’t going to define her. I saw this young lady become a vicious opponent.
Like her name, Emily, she was a fearsome rival. Cancer was going to get the fight of its effen life. She continued to work. She worked for Pasadena ISD and HCDE. Where she touched more lives and her friend list grew.
Emily enjoyed seeing the world. She travelled to NYC, Chicago, Nashville, Mexico, San Francisco. Where she enjoyed food, concerts, sight seeing, food. Yes, I said it twice. She loved food.
Her spiritual being evolved so much more.
She also found enlightenment in learning about Buddhism.
She even got her yoga certification.
She made you laugh effortlessly with that unique dry, black sense of humor She always had encouragement and uplifting messages. She always spoke of positivity, optimism, but most importantly, she lead by example. She talked the talk and walked the walk.
These were her messages to us. How can you not be inspired by her?
She spread love abundantly. This is what life is about. This is what we are here to do. This was her message. This is the value of life. She taught us to live every single day to its fullest! To love one another. To love our pets. If you knew her, you know she loved her pets. She taught us to love our family. She loved hers dearly and along her they fought almost as hard as she did. She shared her knowledge; her nieces are a true testament of this.
But she also lived simply and enjoyed the world around her. She left us too soon, but do I feel the world is a better place because of her? Absolutely.
She has planted a seed in our hearts and through this seed she will live forever.
Thank you God for letting us be part of Emily’s life and thank you Javier, Martha and a Frankie for raising such a beautiful soul.