By Taylor Landon
On Sept. 25, 2018, I looked up to a 1 a.m. sky and asked the world, “How do you continue to turn after something so bad has happened?” The moon circled by, the stars faded away, all while the black changing sky looked back blankly with no reply. I am still waiting for an answer. Someone once said, “As is a tale, so is a life: Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
The tale of Patrick “Pat” Donaghue’s life was not only that, but one that lives on throughout all of those who love him. While focused on the end, it is important to become overjoyed of the beginning. How would you know your favorite song if you hadn’t started listening? How would you know your favorite movie if you hadn’t started watching? How would you know the greatness of life if you hadn’t started living? As the loss we face is hurting, we have to remember the joy we had of meeting: the joy of laughter, memories, secrets and nights we will always remember — how lucky we were to have been so close to a person whom others around us had never heard of.
While the hole in many hearts is one that can never be filled by another, the love for Pat will never leave — being blessed to have had him in our lives is beyond an understatement. During the time shared with Pat, we found in him a kind, pure, giving, happy and everlasting friend. Although on this Earth we have physically lost that, in our hearts we know he will forever stay. To the one who always smiled, the friend who always listened and the person we all aspire to be: We love you, we miss you, and you will never be forgotten.
“Those who died yesterday had plans for this morning, and those who died this morning had plans for tonight. Don’t take life for granted. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often, and love with all your heart. You may never get to have that chance again.” — Unknown
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