Finding Solace Inside of Billy Joel’s Vienna

“Slow down, you’re doing fine. You can’t be everything you want to be before your time.”

erika
P.S. I Love You

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“Slow down, you’re doing fine. You can’t be everything you want to be before your time.”

The first time I was ever inside of a church was on the day of my 21st birthday. Most people celebrate this milestone at a bar with their friends, drinking until they puke. I spent it burying my best friend. Killed in a car accident, he died on impact when a drunk driver struck his vehicle head-on.

The drunk driver survived and Ben’s wife and four young children carried on without a husband and father.

“Too bad, but it’s the life you lead. You’re so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need. Though you can see when you’re wrong you know you can’t always see when you’re right.”

Ben’s passing closed the only chapter in my life I had known until that point. I couldn’t think of a goal or a dream I had that didn’t bring me back to him, our circle of friends and the life plans we built upon since childhood.

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