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First of all, I suppose I should apologize to all of you for going so missing-in-action. My first little explanation is that I had written a fairly long post about a week ago, but lost the entire thing when my browser crashed – after that, I guess I got a little frustrated & hadn’t quite mustered up the motivation to re-write it. & other than the cliche, “I’ve been so busy” excuse, I’ve really got nothin’.
My dear high school friend Sheldon passed away on June 3. Although it breaks my heart to say goodbye to such a young, sweet person, he was sick most of his life & I am so very grateful he is no longer in pain. We had, for the most part, lost touch over the past couple years, but I am so blessed to have known him.
Death is always such a strange thing. I have lost a few people throughout the course of my life and have been connected with others who have dealt with losses of their own, but each time I cross paths in some way with this tragic event, it is shocking & heartbreaking. Though it is always quite a wakeup call, for some reason, this one hit me much harder than many have in the past. I’m not sure if it is simply because he was so young, or whether it was someone who I was in close contact with through much of my high school years, but the moment I found out, it was as if my heart dropped out of my body & crumbled.
I began to think of how quickly life has the ability to change or even to end. I thought about the shallow frustrations, unnecessary arguments, & needless complaints I face with the people around me & couldn’t help but feel as if I have wasted so much time on pointless negativities. In the end, these are short-term problems that seem to take up so much time that could be used for the simple joys of life & spent in the company of those you love.
It’s something I’m learning. It’s something I’m working on. I am grateful for my life & I am overjoyed that I have been blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people. None of us know how long our time will be & I have a lot of things to do & a lot of people to love before I am ready for that to come to an end.