Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I went to Vegas
And while I was having a great time in Vegas, a 18 year old boy succumbed to cancer.
But it's things like this that brought me to Vegas in the first place. I wrote a book last year. It was about a boy, much like the boy, Zach Sobiech, who died of cancer yesterday. It was about a boy who wanted to say goodbye. A boy who wanted to make a difference, even if it was a small one, before his time on earth was over. A boy who wanted to remind people that you only get once chance to live your life, and that you shouldn't take it for granted.
Though it was my message, I didn't live up to it, not until recently at least. But then people in my life started getting cancer. And people in my life started dying.
So I started living.
I'm publishing a book.
I'm getting out of my comfort zone.
Then a guy I'd never met asked me to go to Vegas and I said yes.
Don't get me wrong. I've known him virtually for a while now, and I insisted we meet in person before I actually made a final decision. So we hung out a couple times then I decided to go.
I went because at any moment I could take my last breath and leave this world without ever having seen Las Vegas and that would have been sad.
We continued to hang out until we went and we got along great and had a lot of fun together and we had a blast in Vegas, all while people lost their lives in different parts of the country.
But I don't think they'd mind much because we were taking advantage of the life that was given to us.
I hope when I die people are out there living life to the fullest. I know when I leave this place people will mourn my death, but I hope they don't do it for long. I hope they move on quickly and find solace in the memories they have of me whether I was their daughter, sister, mother or friend.
I hope they remember me when my spirit soared and how I tried to live like at any moment I could
get hit by a bus, or a piano could fall on my head or we could finally get that huge earthquake they've been promising for years and my world could come crumbling down around me, taking me with it.
But until that happens, I went to Vegas, and I know Zach Sobiech had huge Vegas moments, and I hope most of those who perished in Oklahoma had their Vegas moments.
Make sure you don't forget to take your Vegas moments. One day, you may not have the chance.
Love and Life,
My Dad. He's awesome.
John Messina, Personal Injury Attorney