On this Good Friday (which is more about celebrating friends and family than anything religious for me) I can’t seem to shake some sad feelings. Recently, a friend of mine passed away. He was an old high school friend that I had spent some time with in college, not seen for several years, and then reconnected with just in the last year or so. He died a couple of months ago from cancer.
I had the privilege, and discomfort, of spending some time with him during the last couple months of his life. The worst thing was seeing this always energetic and positive young person (too young) slowly become a speck.
It super sucked.
For some reason, I just haven’t been able to shake it. Maybe it’s from seeing so many people walking around with sour looks on their faces unwilling to offer others a helping hand or even a smile. Maybe it’s from watching as others almost run pedestrians over with their cars because they are too busy and too important to stop at crosswalks. Maybe it’s from listening to others complain about their lives and how nothing seems to ever go their way when they have no problem paying their bills, tossing cash around, and getting the health care they need without a problem (HAD to add that).
I watched my friend slowly die, with grace, and not complain once. He took it as it came. He dealt with it.
It seems pretty ironic, doesn’t it?
Please stop at stop signs, help someone when they need a hand, and smile at others around you. Please call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while to let them know you are thinking of them. Please invite your neighbors over for a cocktail just because they are your neighbors. Please donate money, or food, to the local shelter if you have the ability to do so.
Life is special. Don’t waste it.