It’s pretty hard to believe it’s now been 3 years since we lost Andrew. For those he left behind, December 23 is a day that will no longer just pass in the rush of holiday preparations as it did before. It’s a day we will always spend time remembering the loss of a great friend to us, whether we were linked to him by blood, combat, or other shared experience.
Andrew really was an amazing friend to so many of us - he set a great example of how to do that. As I was sitting tonight looking through old pictures and reminiscing about all of the great times I had with him, it occurred to me that those thoughts of “I wish I had been able to spend just a little more time with him” or “Why didn’t I try harder to keep in touch and in tune with him while he was away?” are just as applicable to a number of my own living friends. We’re all busy people with our own lives, but how would we feel if another of them left us suddenly? Would it not be the same lamenting over lost opportunities to connect?
Though we continue to mourn Andrew’s loss one thing we need to remember (and something he would want us to think about) is that we all have many friends & relatives that we could be making more efforts with. It’s literally never been easier with the technology available to keep in contact with our loved ones, yet we often get swept up in our own lives and forget or don’t feel we have time to reach out to those we care about.
Perhaps if you read this post and agree, over the holidays this year you can reach out just a little harder than you otherwise might have. Make that one extra Skype call or send that one additional email or Facebook message. In doing so you might just re-connect with someone who would dearly love to hear from you.
Happy Holidays everyone - enjoy your time spent with family and friends and recognize it for how valuable it is. These are the moments you will remember fondly, so create some new ones and make them count. Reach out to those you love and find out what’s going on in their lives. Tell them how much they mean to you.
Thanks Drew, for continuing to inspire us to be better people, and better friends.
God Bless Nutts.