today i found out an old friend of mine from college died after a long battle with cancer.
he was my age.
and he was one of the greatest, kindest, friendliest guys i have ever known.
im not just saying that because he's passed, it's the actual truth.
i've been crying all day.
these last few years since college we haven't been in touch except for the random comments and quick catch up messages on facebook, but it never failed that whenever i heard from him, it brought a smile to my face.
he was eternally optimistic about his future, and never gave up hope of a recovery.
today, as the news of his death reached our college network, and people who knew him back home, near my own hometown, the sadness everyone felt about losing him was evident.
so tonight i'd like to ask you all to do this...
be thankful for your lives, for your health, and for the possibilities of the future ahead of you.
do not take one second of it for granted, live your life to the fullest, enjoy every second of it.
reach out to people you may have lost touch with, let them know youre thinking of them, let the people in your life know you love them and appreciate them.
everyone who had the privilege of knowing you was the better for it James.
may you rest peacefully now and watch over us, xo