“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
God gained another angel on July 4, 2004. That’s the day that my big brother “came to know God’s love and mercy firsthand and in a place we can only dream” as my sister so eloquently put it. While I don’t usually talk about it, much less write about it, I have been thinking about my brother a lot lately. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the lessons he taught me in his 24 years on this Earth. And to tell you the truth, those lessons are just too damn good not to share.
People come first. My brother lived in a way in which he valued relationships and experiences over materialistic items. His life was not focused on acquiring more, it was centered on his family and friends.
Jason was passionate about life. He allowed others to see the good in the world through his sense of humor, his compassion, his love, and his enthusiasm. I am proud to be his sister. He left this world a better place. And if you ask me, that is the real definition of success.
In Heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here.