Tonight I am somber and emotional. Tonight is the wake for my lovely childhood friend, Hilary, who passed away Christmas night, in Oklahoma. I see all of the wonderful tributes to her on her Facebook, and see how many lives she has truly touched over the years. I feel blessed, and honored, to have had her in my life when we were young, and for the past three years. I am so thankful we were able to reconnect, and I feel changed by her living legacy.
I hold tight to the photos from our past, and relive each memory we had together. She, and all of her grieving loved ones, have been on my mind all week long. It is so hard to wrap my head around why it was her time to leave. She was healthy, and doing great things with her life. It breaks my heart to think of all the greatness that will never be done by her hands. She was an organ donor, and her one final selfless gift, was giving life to others. Though I will not be there to say a final good-bye, I know, in my heart, we will meet again someday.
Life is so fleeting, and so much time is taken for granted. You never know when it will be your time to go. I need to start making so many good memories, so that when it is my time, I can leave even half of the cherished legacy Hilary has.