In my attempt to clean up and declutter my inbox of days gone by I came across a piece I wrote in 2003 I wanted to share with you. At that time, May 24th, 2003, a friend passed away very suddenly. We certainly were not the closely of friends by any means, but when you’re not even 25 and a high school classmate dies from something as terrifying as electrocution, its hard to not be affected.
The fact that we were not close friends I think is what grabbed me most significantly. I began to realize how connected each one of us are. No matter if you’ve known someone for 20 years or 20 minutes a connection is made and you may have influenced the rest of their life. I believe we take for granted not only those that we consider our friends and loved ones, but also those people from our past that have somewhat added to our lives.
I hope you enjoy this blast from my literary past.
Sometimes its thousands of thoughts lost within thousands of moments, and sometimes its just one moment lost in a thousand thoughts.No mattter what the cause for this sort of irregular thinking may be, the outcome will always make you a wiser person. Perhaps the passing of a yet another birthday, the appearance of that first grey hair, or today, in my case, the sight of an old warm friend in that cold dark casket.
I think a lot of us have stopped realizing how affected we are by each and every individual that has somehow crossed our paths throughout the many steps we have taken. And no matter how little of an affect each person has on your life, they have made you the person you are today.
Life is not to be lived cautiously, it is not to be lived listening to the “Ya, buts” or the “What ifs” that may stand before our most important decisions…it is to be lived with the thought that tomorrow may NEVER come. That today IS the first day of the rest of our life, and that EVERY moment should be seized with the passion of a lifetime.This does not mean for everyone to grab the first plane to the nearest tropical island, or drop out of school to pursue that lifelong dream of becoming a street mime.
It just means to ALWAYS keep your dreams in front of you…right beside that smile.Because things COULD be worse, life isn’t about always being in a good mood, its about just being here. When I think about the alternative, that’s more than enough to make my day.
And don’t take your friends for granted. I’m not just talking about those you see from day to day, but those you saw a month ago, a year ago or even 10 years ago. They haven’t forgot about you, just as you haven’t forgotten about them. And for those you see everyday, there is a point where these people go from being your friends, to becoming part of your family, and that is something to be cherished everyday.
Sure its tragic when such a carefree soul that brought joy to so many people passes from one world to the next, but how much worse is it that it takes such an unspeakable event to bring people together.
Our life is a chain of events, a chain of ideas, and most importantly, a chain of personal encounters and relationships. People that have made you laugh, made you cry, and made you wish you could turn back time.
In any event, I would just like to thank all of you for being in my life, wherever your place IS, WAS, or WILL BE. Without each one of you, there would be no chain of life, just a lot of lonely, meaningless pieces.
Send this to whoever you can, the message will be different everytime. -Michael Cecchin Wednesday, May 24th, 2003
In memory of:Thomas “Tommy” William HamiltonRest In Peace July 3, 1979- May 24, 2003 You were loved by many, and you will be missed by more!