Last Thursday one of my high school classmate died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was a joy to know. I had not really talked to him since high school. I used to hear about him all the time. He played professional basketball overseas and in the states for a while and then settled in Atlanta. He always had a smile on his face, and while he was always great on the court he was not arrogant. He was the sweetest, most humble person. It hit me hard. I was actually on my way to bible study
Tears started flowing, and I thought why am I so emotional. I had not talked to him since high school although we were Facebook friends. It was a combination of things. One he was one of my best friend’s, cousin and I know it would cause her and her family pain. Two he was only 45. I thought about his kids who no longer have an earthly father. It made me sense my mortality. It made me miss my Dad. It made me think of my Mom who has passed and had a birthday last week.. It made me think about my September. September can be challenging for me. Both my parents’ birthdays, and life just had been challenging in some unexpected ways.
Well the tears flowed, and I prayed and my spirit lighted. So many things happen in life that we don’t understand. That we don’t have control over. It does not make the pain any better, but that is the way ilife is. I always try to remember that though the darkest days the verse Romans 8:28 “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
People often ask why I live my life the way I do. I enjoy my life. I take the good with the bad and make the most of it. While things are not perfect. I try to find the good in every situation. I admit this is not always easy. I live my life for the moment. I love to travel to new interesting places. I love to meet new people. I love my active lifestyle. I love myself. I am never bored. I was thinking if I died today would I have any regrets. I say no. I have lived, I have loved and lost. Through the ups and down of life I have learned life’s lessons. The lessons have made me the women I am today. People who have and or presently in my life for a reason, season or a lifetime have added something and I cherish each moment. So, I ask you all to live life with no regrets. Life may knock you down. Yes, we all fall. The key is to get back up. Another key is to love hard, and long, with no fear—perfect love cast out fear.
RIP dear classmate. I know you are at rest in heaven. I just pray for all who mourn your loss.