Early Saturday morning, I learned that a peer of mine died in a car accident the previous night. Though I didn’t know Jordy well, I had met him several times and knew that he was a very good friend to many of my own friends. He also has siblings who are classmates with my youngest sister and brother. Needless to say, this tragedy has affected a large portion of the community.
It’s truly amazing to see people help each other at such a sad time—the comments, songs, and memories posted on his Facebook wall are incredibly inspiring. I love that friends and family are sharing positive thoughts not only to honor him, but to also give each other strength.
My mind has been consumed by the heartbreak, trying to figure out why. Just like any other serious misfortune, we don’t know why—and probably never will. I do know that I can learn and grow as an individual from the situation. A horrible loss puts things into perspective, making me question many aspects of my life.
On Sunday night, my great aunt passed away. She was nearly 91 years old, yet she and Jordy had many similarities—they both lived a fulfilling life, while always maintaining an optimistic outlook. I last saw my great aunt eleven years ago, but my mom was able to see her one last time in Florida a few weeks ago.
My heart goes out to all of those who are suffering right now. If I have learned anything this past weekend, it’s that life is precious—don’t take a single moment for granted.