Lest we forget
“Life is what happens when you are making other plans”
I friend of mine passed away recently and it came as quite a shock because the gentleman in question was only sixty and probably in better physical condition than I am. He was the sort of person we all ought to aspire to be: a healthy learned professional, compassionate friend of animals, an adventurer, explorer, musician and sportsman.
He was witty, engaging and warm – the sort of person that anyone could feel comfortable around. He was literally the last person that you would expect would “die young”; and yet he is gone.
To protect the privacy of his family, I will simply say that he died in a freak accident in the prime of his life, on a normal day, doing something he loved to do, and did all the time. The chances of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning – twice.
At first, I could not believe he was gone. Then I could not believe that fate could be so cruel, and I was afraid to write about this. Then I realized that I had to.
Because for all that he left us, and for all the lives that he touched; the greatest gift that he has left given us is the message that none of us is invincible; that none of us know how long we will be here.
If we were able to ask him, I hope he would say he was satisfied with what he accomplished during his time, but I suspect that even he would say that there was much more that he planned to do.
As for the rest of us; he has left really really big shoes to fill and an unintended challenge to equal or outdo his accomplishments. His family has much to be proud of, and he will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew him for years to come.
As for me, I will try to learn what I can from this experience, and realize that it is important to take care even when doing simple things. I will also get myself out of bed every morning and seize every opportunity that I can.
How about you?