It is never easy to lose someone. A family member, someone we look up to and our best friend. Emotions run crazy and we hit the wall of despair. It can take time to sink in but when it finally hit, it hits like a hurricane.
I remember when my grandmother passed away when I was in primary school, I tried to be the strong one seeing everyone around me break down. I was young, full of idealistic heroics and what not. I tried to act brave by asking my mother why everyone is crying. Yet when they slowly pushed the coffin into the fire, I broke down like a little boy I was. The tears flowed like a waterfall of no end.
The past weeks have been very difficult for many. The passing of a founding father who dared to dream. Finding out someone who was there from the start is suddenly no more. A pilot who decided to end his life with everyone on board and innocent students gunned down in one of the most horrifying shedding of blood.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected in one way of another, to the one crying at the loss of someone dear. We know it is never easy.
In his tribute to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel had this to say:
I use to say I live my life a 1/4 miles at a time, and I think that’s why we are brothers. Because you did too. No matter where you are, whether is it a 1/4 miles away, or 1/2 way across the world. You will always be with me, and you will always be my brother.
For the best way to remember that special someone is to hang on and keep them close in our hearts and memories.
I think this song captures it best and I shall leave it here as a dedication to the friends and families affected and of course #ForPaul.