I've had a very difficult time trying to figure out what to write about the recent tragedies that have affected people I care about deeply. I've searched for all the right things to say; to offer the perfect words of wisdom to make people think, “Thanks, that's what I needed, I feel better”. But the reality is, I don't have those words.
We all build our lives around the people we love, with no plans for drastic change. We want the people we love and care about to always be where we want them to be. We hope that no tragedy will affect us, and more importantly, those we care about.
But, no matter how hard we try, we can't control those events. We can't escape death; we can't escape tragedy. They are inevitable.
What makes us human is how we deal with it. We are needed and we must carry on. Our lives are all we have and we must treasure them. “Live and love” is more than lip service, it is real. Let those you care about always know that you care about them.
Some pain will never fade; some wounds are too deep. We can't help heal them. Instead, make the scars your personal memorial to the greatness that is gone, and find more greatness – not as a replacement but as an addition.
Death is unfair, not life. Life is beautiful. We know that. Remember that. Celebrate that. Embrace that.
“If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one you're with.”