I'd like to start off with a quote by Mark
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream.
This philosophy is exactly how Chris lived his life.
Chris was able to find adventure in anything. Whether it be walking in the
fields behind his parents home, or walking across the country, he would
always find it. I, was fortunate enough to find many of those adventures
with him. Often times, wondering why we had jumped in, without question. But
both knowing that once we'd finished, we'd be better because of it.
Chris had an infectious personality. He created bonds
with people that were truly unique. I know that many of the best times of my
life were with him, and I am sure that many of you can say the same.
As I look at you all, I see a story behind each teary
eye. A memory of him, whatever it may be, and a story that goes with it.
I know that he will live on, through us. And I know that each and every one
of us, are better because of it.
Earlier this week, I attended my Sister's Senior
Assembly. She is graduating this weekend and I would like to say how proud I
am of her. Her class president, a young man by the name of Dillon Ward, read
a quote by Helen Keller to the underclassmen. I found it wonderfully
coincidental that I heard this quote, at this particular time, and I would
like to repeat it.
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole
experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
The fearful are caught as often as the bold. To keep our faces toward change
and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength
Chris lived a life many of us were envious of. I can't
count how many times he would tell me of his adventures, and I would long
for a life as care-free and curious as his.
Luckily, I spoke with Chris more in the last 2 months,
than I had in the last 2 years. And I am grateful for that. I am grateful
that most of the best times of my life were spent with him, and I only
regret not being able to spend more time with him.
The famous adventurer Mark Jenkins wrote: "Adventure
is a path. Real adventure - self determined, self-motivated, often risky -
forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it
is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and
you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the
limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize
that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will
ever again be black-and-white."
Good Bye my Friend,
My life will never be the same, now that you are gone.