On August 9, my dear friend and mentor Colleen Regan passed away after failing to recover from a near-drowning accident on April 8. Her partner has written up a wonderful description of Colleen, definately worth reading, here: Colleen. You can also read of her heroism in saving her drowning friend here.
This woman helped me more than words can describe when I was struggling spiritually. She helped to guide me at a time when I was so incredibly lost. I would never be as grounded and as successful today if I hadn't known her, and I feel blessed to be able to consider her one of my dearest friends. I am going to miss her so much.
On August 11, my uncle passed away suddenly at 53 years old, after suffering a major heart attack. Its crazy how you have these memories of people you grew up with and loved, and you take for granted that they'll just always be there. I hadn't seen my uncle since they moved back to Texas over ten years ago. He was way too young to die.
Another reminder to savor each and every breath you take, be thankful for each moment, and do your best not to take anything for granted.