Two years ago this month the world lost of one the sweetest souls that I have ever met when tragedy struck and one of my very best friends from high school passed away. His death was sudden and was heart wrenching. He didn't deserve to die. He was so young and still had so much to offer this world.
His death brought together friends who had long moved away from our hometown and resurfaced memories that will last a lifetime. We made it a promise to him and to each other that we would celebrate his life rather than celebrate his death. The days after his passing were hard. Do you know how heartbreaking it is to see men, men who you have known since elementary school, sobbing into your arms? It's a pain that I never care to relive. But through the tears and the pain, there was celebration. There were toasts made in his honor and there were Tom Petty songs playing through the jukebox all night long. And even for just an instant, there was laughter. Laughter at the sweet, sweet memories that we shared together.
It doesn't seem possible that a full two years have already gone by. For those who were closest with him, the wounds are just are fresh today as they were two years ago. Two years later, we still choose to celebrate the life of an incredible friend rather than mourn his early passing. Last week a group of friends celebrated his life by taking his mom out to dinner and laughing at the memories we still hold so near and dear to our hearts.
His death, as painful as it was and still is, should be a testimony to us all
Celebrate today because you were given life. Celebrate tomorrow in honor of someone who no longer can. Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and accomplishments. Celebrate the little things and celebrate the large. There is so much beauty in this world worth celebrating.
"Life is short, but sweet for certain..." - DMB