It’s been a long day, without you my friend.
This song is the perfect tribute for Paul Walker. A good man gone too soon. This Furious franchise isn’t just a movie, they’ve created tradition and family – strong values that can be felt in every corner of the world. The cast aren’t just actors, they’re a real family, and their love for Paul resonates so strongly that it hurts. Call me sentimental, but damn, I cried like no other during the ending scenes because every single line was so fitting. It didn’t feel scripted, it was raw and heart-wrenching sentiments that came from the soul of the Furious family. Even now, I’m not completely over his death and the overbearing rush of sadness that resurfaced from watching the movie. I still remember when I heard about the incident on breaking news 2 years ago. It was so sudden and heartbreaking, a stark reminder that life can end any minute.
This past weekend my hallmates and I had a reunion to watch Furious 7 to honor Paul, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I haven’t visited Socal in a very long time, and believe it or not, this was our rationale for going. Being reunited with my hallmates made me realize how grateful I am to have them as a second family. Our dorm was small (we had to write essays to get in [total nerds], and not many incoming college freshman were willing to do that) and since the beginning, we all clicked so well.
Our friendships blossomed throughout college and continue on today, many years after we have graduated. Although we may not get to see each other as often as we like, when we are reunited, it feels like nothing has changed. Silences aren’t awkward and our various senses of humor just bring so much diversity and unexpected surprises into the group.
We tend to go on our daily grind and get so worked up in work or life situations that we sometimes forget we have amazing people around us. I forget to feel grateful for having such amazing friends that I can call family, and this trip was a strong reminder that I need to take a step back sometimes and appreciate those that matter. I love my friends, and extremely loyal if you’ve earned my trust, but sometimes life does get in the way and I forget to show them how much I cherish them.
Today, I will take a step back, and remember to see the bigger picture. People add value to life, especially people that you extremely care about. Keep them close, because anything can happen in a minute.
RIP Paul – your legacy lives on and continues to influence so many people