Legacy left

Just over a week ago, two students at my high school alma mater passed away.  One from cancer and one unexpectedly, they are both gone too soon, but sent a message to the community about living. About making sure those you love know that. About brightening others’ day with a simple smile. Simple reminders that we often take for granted.

R was a senior, captain of two varsity sports, and heading to serve our country after graduation. As my brother played with him, we are a hockey family, a truly one-of-a-kind bond. Through tears, thousands of people came out for his funeral. Lines were literally hours long and the church couldn’t fit everyone.  Needless to say, it appears he was an angel, having touched so many lives.

A billboard in memorial of Ryan.
A billboard in memorial of Ryan.

I always like to live by the quote

Each day’s a gift and not a given right.

It is similar to the saying “Live each day like it’s your last,” though I feel the prior is more meaningful. To me, living each day like it’s a gift gives you the power and motivation to do something positive in the world. To make a difference. Though you should live each day like it’s your last, sometimes that carries the connotation of doing something reckless in the moment. Either way, don’t wait until tomorrow to be the best person you can be.

May the choirs of angels come to greet you. May they speed you to paradise. May the Lord enfold you in his mercy. May you find eternal life. – Song of Farewell

Never forgotten, the legacy of their lives will live on forever.

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