The passage of one calendar year is but a blink it seems. So much has passed in that time and so many things have happened since the world lost Zach DeRidder. And truly... it was the world's loss.
One of the ways we can know the entire measure of our lives is if we inspire others to soldier on and have them carry your spirit with them. That is exactly what I feel. Your friendship changed me.
Getting that bike signed by Lance, your hero, was the best day for you, so you said then. I look at this picture and am reminded of that day that I remember so vividly. But so many "best days" followed and you celebrated them despite knowing the numbers remaining were few.
I carry so many happy memories of you...because, in spite of all that you endured you lived well. You carried life (and the fullness that comes from living it well) miles ahead of the pain.
Thank you Zach for showing me so many things and allowing me to slow down and speed up all at the same time. Your lesson...cherish life. What a teacher you were.
I miss you, my friend.