Life is short.
I just learned a high school friend passed away from a tough battle with cancer.
Sam was a son, dad, friend, artist, athlete and loved life. It felt like he was living life on his terms. Here’s a video he made last Fall highlighting his art.
I have 2 simple thoughts as I reflect on this news:
- Independence. On July 3rd, I wrote about finding freedom and independence. 2 days later, July 5th, Sam found true and complete freedom. He knows an independence that none of us know on this side of life. This may not comfort his wife and 3 children, but it remains true. Sam believed as I believe.
- You only live once – RISK. It’s cliché, I know, but when you are 18 years old – 38 seems old. Now that I’m 38, 40 no longer sounds over the hill. I still have a lot of dreams, plans and goals. I can’t wait to make them happen. However, life guarantees me nothing. I’m in the midst of risking everything…it’s scary, but today it feels right.
RIP Galen Forest (Sam) Wagner.