Mitch Albom once written that birth and death draw people together. and i do believe so. when someone is born into this world, we get so excited and can't wait to see the newborn. and yet, when someone leaves us, may it be someone very close to us or someone whom we don't know very well, we all come to see that person for the last time and bid him/ her goodbye. we reminisce the moments we shared, no matter how big or small that moment may be.
death is something that i'm really not used to. it is something that i don't want to talk about and i guess it is something that i fear. maybe that it is the reason why i hesitated to visit a friend's wake. although i don't know him that much and although we only shared few conversations back in high school, i was still saddened by his loss. his death came unexpectedly and i could still remember the time i saw him last December - still in good health.
his loss may be painful especially to those whom he left behind but i'd like to believe that this would also serve as an inspiration to us, to everyone, to make the most out of the time we could still spend with our loved ones and our friends; to give someone a smile or a hi/hello whenever we bump into each other. and to tell them how much we love and value them. because we never know we might not have another chance to do so.
*rest in peace, Vince. we may not be that close but you are remembered.