I knew that even if I made it through Fast and Furious 7 without crying, I wouldn’t be able to make it through the tribute at the end that I had heard about it. This isn’t the exact reel, but this will give you a pretty good idea:
Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or not and whether or not you’re a Paul Walker fan or not… I think it’s pretty hard not to be moved by the above video. Whoever it was that decided to keep the lights off for all of the credits, I thank YOU – between my allergies and crying, I know I looked a hot mess.
I happened to read this earlier in the day:
“I have seen death too often to believe in death
It is not an ending, but a withdrawal.
As one who finishes a long journey,
Stills the motor,
Turns off the lights,
Steps from the car,
And walks up the path
To the home that awaits him.”
I found it particularly fitting for both the movie and how Paul Walker lost his life. Not only for him, but for anyone that has left this world…it really creates a positive image for what’s to come after we leave the world as we know it. When I read it, I can imagine some of the people who I’ve lost in the most peaceful way – just turning off the lights of a car, slowly stepping away from it, waving goodbye and heading on to their new home.
“Death is a part of the future for everyone. It is the last post of this life and the reveille of the next. Death is the end of our present life, it is the parting from loved ones, it is the setting out into the unknown. We overcome death by accepting it is as the will of a loving God, by finding him in it. Death, like birth, is only a transformation, another birth. When we die we shall change our state – that is all. And in faith in God, it is as easy and natural as going to sleep here and waking up there.”
It’s so hard to associate positive thoughts with death. Most of the time we think of the tears, the grief, the loss, the memories that we’ll never get to create… We typically fear the unknown or things that we don’t fully understand. We don’t like the idea of not having all the answers. Through all the sadness and anger, it is so important to remember those we have lost in a positive way. Even if that means smiling and crying at the same time.
No matter what your thoughts are on what happens when we leave this Earth or what your religion might be, I hope that you believe in something that inspires you in whatever way that you need in order to get up each day and feel ALIVE.
One of the definitions of faith is “the complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Remember, it’s all about believing…you don’t know how it will happen, but you just know that it will. So believe in something, someone or some higher being.
Have faith in someone to not let you down when you will need them the most. Have faith that we all are here for some bigger purpose despite all of life’s ups and downs. Have faith in whatever it is or whoever it is that will give you the motivation to get up out of bed each and everyday. Have faith that if things never seem to go your way, that one day they will.
“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” – Paulo Coehlo
I’ve realized that a lot of my posts start out one way and than unfold in a totally different way than I first thought they would. I don’t try to fight it. I think it’s really appropriate. First and foremost, because it’s how most of my conversations go with people on a daily basis. Secondly, it perfectly portrays the uncertainty of how each day will turn out and all of the unexpected moments that happen to us each and every day. I’ll aim to keep my blog and my life a beautiful mess. Thank you all for being a part of it. ❤