'99- gave birth to DS, aged just 17.
'12- DD arrived.
Those are the main two- the greatest 2 events in my life by far- they are reason I was put on this earth.
2001- the suicide of the girlfriend of my brother, when she just 21. They had been together since their early teens and I was very close to her, she was the closest thing to a sister I'd ever had. She lived with me. She was the first death I'd ever experienced.
I still think of her almost daily and dream about her frequently.
2004- the death of my papa (mum's father). Changed my entire outlook on life, completely took away any shred of innocence I'd had regarding the world. It took me a full year to begin to get over his death. I thought that after he died I'd never feel "normal" again.
2008- the year my aunty died from lung cancer changed me to the core. She was only 58 and it really hit me hard because she was my mum's sister, they are close in age and it terrified me that it could just happen and could happen to my own mum. I think that with the deaths of my grandparents it was heartbreaking but kind of expected as they were all in their 80's. But losing a family member aged just 58 affected me badly. Somethng inside me changed, even though I was not particularly close to her, it just pulled the rug from under me big time.
2007 was life changing for me, possibly in the most profound way. I encountered events that shaped my entire life and not in a good way- I can't go into detail about this particular year, as much as I'd like to get it off my chest, there's no way I can.