When I heard the story a week or so ago about a couple who had plunged to their deaths from a scenic lookout, Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park, California while taking a selfie, I cringed. What a horrible way to die.
A few days ago I saw more coverage of the story, this time with a picture, and as soon as I saw bright pink hair, my heart sank. I knew it was Minaxi. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would know this couple, as well as you can know blogging friends here at WordPress. Perhaps you knew them, too?
It’s taken me a while to find the words to write this post. Originally Minaxi’s blog was called Gameplan Happily Ever After and she blogged about being part of a newlywed Indian couple, married in 2014, who absolutely loved to travel. She wrote about her wedding and her sweet husband, Vishnu, and their life together. How she didn’t really cook and how she loved shopping and everything that was pink!
I’m not even sure how Minaxi and I met or why we bonded. Somehow we followed each other’s blogs and I know she hoped to become a full-time travel blogger. I called her my adopted daughter in one post and you’ll see our conversation in the comments. I even wrote a post about how I met my hubby because she asked me to and you can see her comments there, too.
She had begun a newer blog that has now been deleted. But I’ve looked back at Gameplan and you can see all her adorable pictures of their life and travels.
I understand an investigation into what happened is ongoing. Apparently an unattended tripod was found at Taft Point which seems to confirm the selfie taking theory, but I’ve also read some speculative comments that there was something odd about the situation. I don’t believe it for a minute. Minaxi was just so fun and full of life. I’m certain she and Vishnu simply ventured too close to the edge where there were no guard rails and fell in an awful, tragic accident.
They will be laid to rest in northern California, a young couple whose story ends far too soon. And as I write this and think of Minaxi and Vishnu and their heartbroken families, my heart is breaking, too.
Photo from Facebook
These picture are all selfies, all taken last week. Every time I look in the mirror, I feel like I’m fading away a little more. If I had light eyes, I’d have no features at all!
What little hair I have is nearly transparent and my lashes and eyebrows are falling out now. I can only look somewhat normal with make up and a wig. I won’t lie, I don’t like the way I look right now.
Yes, I know it’s temporary. Hopefully, although now I’ve been reading that eyelashes sometimes come and go after chemo. Yes, I only have one surgery left. If there are no complications. I think I’m getting nervous and I’m just tired of dealing with everything and, God, I want my life back!
Please don’t tell me I’m brave or an inspiration. I don’t feel like I am. What I feel like is a big whiner. Yes, I know I’m entitled to my feelings. But I feel even guiltier having them. I know trading my hair for my health is something I would do again tomorrow if necessary. I’m just tired of looking like this.
Probably you should just ignore me and I’ll get my sense of humor back soon. And I’m only leaving these pictures up for a day or two…