We Are Forever Harwood Strong
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We Are Forever Harwood Strong

"We are one, we are family, we are forever Harwood Strong!"

We Are Forever Harwood Strong

In a world filled with endless amounts of unpredictability, we have each been reminded near or far, to hold our friends and family just a little bit closer. We have each been reminded that no single second or minute in this world is ever promised to us. We are reminded of how incredibly lucky we are to have been given the time to form and build beautiful memories with those who have set foot in our lives, and left their marks on our hearts. Most of all, we have been reminded of the family in which our community is capable of forming in the darkest days life has to offer.

When leaving Vermont for college, I was confronted with the fact that no matter where I may go, or who I may meet in this crazy world, there is nothing that ever truly compares to the place where you once knew as your first family, your first love, your first home. In a time where we are all faced with the unanswerable questions such as, "how could this have happened?" or "why did this happen to those who did nothing wrong?" we come together to fill the place that has grown to feel so empty.

Today, and every other day, we must remember that life is undeniably cruel sometimes, and there is nothing we can do about that. What we can do however is remember those who have left us far too early each and every day, and live a life they would be proud of. Live the life they were unable to live for themselves and take absolutely nothing in this world for granted. Play each game with all your heart, for each other, for them, because they are right there with you. Love fiercely and speak often to those who mean the very most to you in this life because you never know when that last time might be.

Comfort one another in the time of sadness, and laugh until you can't breathe sharing the memories you once made and will hold with you forever. Cry all the tears you have to give and smile in the presence of those who truly need it the most when they don't have the strength to do it themselves. Say the things you've been afraid to say, to those you are afraid to say it to and be so grateful that you have the chance to do so.

It's okay to feel angry, hurt, confused, even heart broken, but never let that stop you from living because life is far too unpredictable to do otherwise. Find gratitude for your life in whatever form that may be, and consider yourself so very lucky to be part of a community that shares more love and friendship than any place I've ever known; I know I do. Find compassion and empathy for those who may be lost in this crazy world, and share more love than you think you even have.

Although I am not home, in the place that I find the most peace even on the toughest of days, to support our loving community during this time of tragedy and heart ache, my spiritual presence remains there overwhelmingly. I send my love, prayers and best wishes to those whose lives have been changed forever by this horrible tragedy. I pray with all my heart that we all find peace one day, and live on to share the memories created by each of the five beautiful souls now watching over us all.

Knowing these beautiful angels personally or not does not make this tragedy hurt any less. Their lives have touched each of us overwhelmingly and made an impact on our hearts that will last a lifetime. May you forever rest in peace.

We are one, we are family, we are forever Harwood Strong!

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