It's been a month and a day since the world lost another amazing person... On February 13, 2012 a dear friend and classmate of mine passed away in a car accident as he was traveling to school. *Click here for the story of that day.* Waking up to a new day was like hoping to wake up from a nightmare, as I wrote about *here.* The week of the accident was the longest week of my life, which I thought would be hard to do compared to the week I had to write my Sociology and Psychology paper (sorry, no story on that one). Between memories coming back of missed opportunities and shoulda-coulda-woulda moments, making sure that my best friend was holding it together and everything else (*this is what one night was like for me*) it was a lot to deal with.
But now that it's been a month, things are back to normal as much as they possibly could be. We all still miss him terribly, and now I feel as if I can take off the necklace that I've worn since the day of the crash (minus a brief couple hours when I got my senior pictures done last Friday). The necklace has always meant something special to me, but now I appreciate it more. The front says "Make every moment count" and the other side "You only live once and if you do it right once is enough." Now that I have a bracelet that says, "TOM 2-13-12" and on the other side "FOREVER HIKING IN HEAVEN," I feel that as long as I'm wearing one or the other I'll always have a piece of him with me. I know other people are still hurting, for Tom meant something more to them in different ways, but in my case... I know that he's safe and forever hiking in heaven. I can only hope that other people start to get closure because life still moves on, even though it's not fair and it seems wrong.
I just wanted to put my thoughts out there, because I hadn't yesterday and I felt that I needed to keep Tom's memory alive here... As I say at the top of my page, "enjoy these thoughts and remember that even when your life is at it's end, the words you leave behind will still live on." Tom has left so much behind, and although he wasn't able to do more, he definitely lived his life right. <3 <3