A year ago today I lost a friend. His name was Jake. We worked together at Caribou. Jake was something really special. I remember the nights we worked together we would talk about relationships and politics and God. Jake and I had differing views but our conversations were always good ones. We respected each other. And I always thought he was one of the very good ones.
A year ago Jake was on his motorcycle on a 2 lane road. Jake was always incredibly careful on his motorcycle. But sometimes it doesn't matter how careful you are. A car coming in the opposite direction veered into Jake's lane. The driver was having a diabetic attack. The car hit Jake head on and although Jake was wearing his helmet his hit the ground and died on impact.
Jake was one of the best people I ever met. The day he died the world lost someone amazing. He was only 22. And yet he touched so many lives. To this day I can still go on his Facebook page and read the messages that so many people who left him have left. He impacted so many people in his short time. And anyone who knew Jake knows what it was to be a friend of his.
Today, in honor of Jake, I encourage you all to try to find a way to pay it forward. That was something Jake talked about a lot and he was the type of person to go out of his way to help someone else. I know wherever he is he's got to be having an absolute blast and I also know he would want the rest of us to still be spreading his positive outlook to others. So please today take time out of your life to spread some love and positivity. I know I would appreciate it and so would Jake.
"I try not to judge people. I usually think it is hard to really hate someone. I try to adapt to the people that surround me. I feel like I have a moldable personality. Can't everyone just get alone?" -Jake Benesh (05/12/88 - 08/6/10)