Love One Another Always Essay

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Love One Another Always A friend of mine, Bernardo Peńa, died suddenly and without warning around Labor Day weekend 2012. I hadn't seen my friend Bernardo in over a year and hadn’t discovered what a few friends closer to him only knew in secret: that he had terminal cancer. Bernardo's death was a complete, utter shock to me as he was only thirty-four when he passed away. And Bernardo seemed immortal. At maybe five feet, two inches tall at his peak, Bernardo was a force to be reckoned with! He was loud, completely fashionistic, and completely hilarious. He had a very mischievous, distinct, and bellowing voice that could always be picked out of the crowd. Probably because that crowd would most often be standing around him! He was the life of the party and always full of personality. I remember Bernardo once sent a bottle of champagne to my friend Doug's birthday dinner to apologize for his tardiness. Rarely do I use the word classy, because I'm of the mind that the things in this world that most people refer to in life as "classy" are anything but. Bernardo, however, was classy. Really damn classy. A true class act and a rare, rare person to have met and called a friend. Bernardo's surprise death left me very upset because I looked at him like he was invincible and because he died so young. His passing was a huge reality check and a massive wake-up call. I began living life differently after he died. "Life is too short" became an everyday saying in my vernacular. I quit driving with such rage and anger. I embraced the friends I had and started being a better friend to those relationships that had waned. I began standing up for myself more and focused on finishing the collection of stories in my book. The first week of September, just days after Bernardo's death, Orbitz.com sent me an e-mail with travel deals for a trip from Los Angeles to Munich,

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