As I sit here, snow falling, with my hot cup of coffee steaming, I’m thinking of what to write about for this blog, countless memories are flashing in my mind. The memories are good and bad, but one common theme has stuck out; realizing all of the people that have come and gone in my life and the positive impact they’ve made on me.
Isn’t it crazy to know that the people we are currently spending most of our days with can just disappear from our lives in a flash? These people could move, get in an argument with us or could even pass away. I know I’ve experienced all of these situations time and time again. But with this blog, I’m not trying to write about the sadness of loosing a friend, I want to give those people that have come and gone props for making such a positive impact on my life.
Looking back, some pretty amazing people have been apart of my life at some point. It’s just crazy; I never even thought about how much good they have done for me. The first person that comes to mind is my buddy Davis. I met Davis in Florida one year, and we hit it off so well that the next three years our families planned vacations with each other so he and I could hang out. I spent three weeks with Davis, and that kid taught me so much its unreal. Davis taught me how to enjoy everyday to the fullest. He taught me to always smile and hold my head high. That was his motto, “if you’re having a bad day it’s something that you’re creating; everyday can be a good day.” In three weeks time, Davis taught me how to enjoy everyday to the fullest.
Another person who had a huge impact on my life was my brother Stephen. Sadly, I lost Stephen in 2006. Stephen’s impact on my life is mind-blowingly strong. In 16 short years, Stephen taught me to always follow your heart, to never be anyone beside yourself, and to always treat everyone as your best friend. One memory of Stephen was when we were at the game store buying a new PlayStation game. He started talking to this guy, and no joke twenty-five minutes later their conversation ended. When Stephen and I got in the car, I asked him if that was his friend. He quickly responded, “No, Patrick, people don’t have to be your friend for you to be nice to them. Always treat everyone as if they’re your best friend.” Just like that, another aspect of my daily life is directly related to those that have come and gone.
I could write about so many individuals who’ve made a lasting impact on my life in such a short time. It’s just crazy, one day they’re there and the next they’re gone. So, I give props to those that have come and gone because they will never know how much they’ve impacted my life. As I grow older, I always do my best to let others know that they have taught me more than they’ll ever know. However, to those from my past I want to say thank you and endless props for everything that you did.
I know losing people is part of life; it sucks, but there is always good to every situation. Look at those that have come and gone and you’ll be mind blown because their positive impact on us are huge. So props to all of those that have come and gone in my life. Props for making me the man I am today. Props for having such a huge impact on my life in such a short amount of time.