This week has been a rough one. Tuesday afternoon I found out a co-worker got into a terrible car accident and passed away. He was only 35 years old. I sat across from him at the office for almost 3 years and can only say good things. He was an amazing human being with an incredible smile. He was a bit of a prankster – always trying to make people laugh – and constantly shared his positive energy.
The service was yesterday afternoon. It was extremely difficult (but also extremely touching) to see the amount of family and friends affected by his early passing. Everyone talked about his smile, his laugh, and his positive outlook on life. The hardest part for me was to see his three young children who will no longer be able to create new memories with their father. I can’t imagine their pain.
These past few days have come as quite a shock to everyone that knew him. I’m still in disbelief that he won’t be returning to the office. However, I know he would want all of us to continue on. He was a devoted and religious man, and I know he would tell us that this happened for a reason – that, though sudden, it was his time. He wouldn’t want anyone to lose their focus, and he would tell us all to keep smiling.
This whole experience has really shaken me up and put a lot of things into perspective. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. We need not dwell on the past of over-analyze moments. We need to just live, appreciate, love, and most of all, smile.
In fond, happy, and positive memories of Ali Behzad.