Day 1390 – 15 Years Ago Today, My Life Changed Forever

15 years ago, I was 15 years old and working at CFA. I actually really liked the job. I met some awesome people and had fun at the job. The main reason it was such a great job was the store manager, Pyle. He was 22 and just an all around great guy.

15 years ago today, he passed away. His was the first death I experienced (minus older family members). It was a very tough thing to walk through as a 15 year old. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was just the start of many deaths over the next few years. I’ve lost several friends who were younger than me or just a little older.

You could look at this and say, man, that really sucks that you’ve had to deal with so much death! But I can look back on these things and see how God was using them in my life. Primarily, that tomorrow is NOT guaranteed. Some people wonder how I can be so happy/joyful/have a good attitude about things…it’s because of these experiences in death. I know that I may not see tomorrow…so why waste my time being mad at someone…or worrying….or not saying I love you? It also has helped me appreciate the little things.

I don’t know if I have a “message” or a “point” in today’s post, other than sharing a day that really did change my life.

Since I don’t have a picture of Pyle, this is a sunset over Hunt Valley, where we worked together.


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