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Its Been A Year…!?

One year ago on November 25, you left this world, leaving your family and all your friends including myself with an empty void in our life that no one can fill. The laughter and bright spirit that you spread to every person you came in contact with, only a small few could ever hope to mimic. A lot of people cried, laughed, felt guilty, and even experienced feelings of anger because of your absence. Now a year later its a little easier because of the positive and warm memories you left us with.

You were a combination of all the good personality traits, that many seem to lack. You were funny, kind, genuine, honest, loyal, and very unselfish. I can’t remember the number of times you went and got lunch for me and other people, (even though you left owing me six dollars lol). Even if you didn’t want to do something, if someone you cared about asked you to do it, you did. With little complaint never making us feel guilty, but proving how genuine your friendship was. You were one of the goofiest people any one could know, and would make me laugh at the most inappropriate times. Like when I tried to say De nada to a customer but said empanada instead, you started laughing which cause me to laugh and she got pissed. The deep conversations we had, all while you were asking me for advice, I was learning from you. Your innocent,s character, and attitude made you one of the best people I could ever hope to have apart of my life. Which is why the saddest part of this, is that I never got to tell you all this and more; or for that matter was selfish and never thought too. In my heart I hope some of this was known, and if not I humbly apologize.

The world is full of people that will come in and out of your life. Some for a long period of time some short. But there a those special people who make your life better, and allow you to become a better person. They are few in number but they impact your life so greatly, and it is up to you to let them know that. It is your responsibility to recognize who that person or persons maybe and make sure you don’t take them for granted. You keep them in your life for as long as you can control, and when you can’t control losing them, there will be no guilt and little sadness because you gave them as much as they gave you. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or loved one, if they are special to you treasurer the gifts they leave in your life.

Life is short and death is inevitable; but  if you recognize the special people in your life and appreciate the relationship you share, losing them will not be in vain. It’s too bad that I didn’t fully recognize and appreciate how special Ibrahim was to my life. But the imprint that he left on me, I strive to share with others and not make the same mistake twice. Something everyone should do!

RIP Ibrahim

Gone, but will never be forgotten!

Goal of the week: Recognize the special people in your life.

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