Take me back, ’cause just before I was spinning
Take me back, just before I got dizzy
Take me back, amazing what a minute can do
Just like you
(Dave Matthews: So Damn Lucky)
We go through life trudging heavy on solid ground until the day the Earth gives way and we find ourselves on a skid of ice, dark water below. To take one last breath of fresh air… To see the sun rise again with these eyes… To tell my family one last time how much I love them…
The spirits of the departed call to us to honor them by celebrating their memory, what’s left of them in time. We are the ones who living and yet asleep wallow in the grave, unaware of the earth falling around our heads. Awake, the souls of those we cannot see smile down upon us, the unfortunate inhabitants of these bodies. Open these old eyes and make them new again.
Moments of intense happiness and absolute sorrow punctuate long monotonous periods of toil and boredom we call living. But you, you were alive. Now we live and remember you. We feel the coolness of the air on our skin, the warmth of the sun on our face, and the love for those we’ve lost alive in our hearts. Live life today and take nothing for granted. Nothing is guaranteed and everything is a gift.