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  • Katherine Oakes

    Wow. What a great share. No matter what it's about, a story told with sheer honesty and poise like this one always has the ability to move people.

    • Vincent Nguyen

      Honesty is what gets us to empathize and see through their perspective. It's a powerful way to tell a story and get your idea across. Without it, you just have words trying to sell to you.

  • Hillary Newman

    Thanks for sharing this piece. I opened the link not expecting to read about death (sorry to those of you who scrolled down to this comment before opening the link and reading the piece). There have been a few moments in my life that I can pinpoint as moments of change. I think it's important to remember in times of sadness or loss comes the opportunity for change and growth.

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      yup. in proximity to death there is much beauty and love and clarity. it's really crazy. I lost both my parents when I was younger - 18 and 23 - and both times, while just straight terrible - there was also a space around it that was rare and amazing - guess it kind of framed the certainty of death and in turn framed the awesomeness of life. I definitely got busy afterward.

      • Hillary Newman

        Thanks for sharing, Ben. Turning darkness and sadness into lightness and opportunity seems like a great way to honor someone.

      • Vincent Nguyen

        I'm sorry that happened, Ben. Glad to see that you saw a sort of light in it all. Quite scary because I'm not sure if I would have been able to do the same.

    • Vincent Nguyen

      It caught me by surprise to when I first ran by it. I'm fortunate enough to have never suffered a tragic loss of a loved one, however, I could pinpoint certain shifts in my life as well. The scary thing is that tragedy can also make someone bitter at the world and even make some people lose hope.