As one grows older, the realities of life and death set in. I've lost grandparents in the last few years, even a couple of distant cousins, but in the last day I've come to realize that I've been very lucky when it comes to those that I know and love...
I lost an old friend yesterday, a guy I've known for twenty plus years, a guy I thought would probably never die, considering all of the stupid stuff we did and survived during the uncertain years of the adolescence we shared.
Time catches up with all of us and life is short. That lesson hits harder today than it ever has before. Yesterday, in the shattered wreckage of a Cessna 172 airplane ended the life of one of the greatest guys I have ever known.
Rest in peace Mike, You were a great pilot and a even better friend. I will do what I can for those you have left behind.
I miss you old friend. Life just won't be the same without you around.