There’s always the before and after right? Before and after college. Before and after that first girlfriend or boyfriend. Before and after skydiving. Before and after that first loss of someone special. The before and after the excitement of that new person in your life. The before and after your darkest thoughts or fears. Before and after conquering them. I can remember the before. The me before. The me after. I speculate this is life. Moments time stamped that change our course or they change us. We’d all wish it was always something changing us for the better but such is life. Death is something I definitely no longer fear because it does happen to everyone at some point, so why bother worrying about it or fighting the inevitable. The element of surprise is tucked away in pandora’s box and explodes like a clown with that terrible crank that is used. I didn’t expect the news this week. We had just talked last week. Talked about old days, but quickly transitioned to our professional lives. You finishing school and me starting a new job at a new company. Hope became a theme. Many years ago I was a stranger who hoped to make some friends and you were a special one. I reckon God needed a fantastic hype man and oh man did he get one. Keep our fires going my friend. While there is a before and after of you in my life, I cherish the memories of you in my life and please help direct me down this path of life from the heavens above. We all need guidance….some day it will be a life after all of us.
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” - Jack Lemmon