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Living Legacy-Zach Sobiech

There are some moments  when the petty, day to day annoyances melt away in the face of the fireball sun realization that life is fleeting, experiences are transient and people are on loan to us. Last night, when I watched the You Tube viral phenom video called My Last Days (On Rainn Wilson’s Soulpancake channel) about the courageous journey of  a young man named Zach Sobiech and his family and friends, I knew such an instant.  Silly me, though, I viewed it right before bed, with tears streaming down my face. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009, Zach not only survived, but thrived for the interceding 4 years and passed on May 20, 2013. What moved me the most about the video was that it offered an unabashed perspective that love lives on even after the body dies. The soul (whatever that is) of the person is inextricably connected with a tether of light to all those it ever touched. At least, that is my take on it. I imagine Zach and his circle of support experienced ‘the inevitable dark night of the soul’, but seemed to be able to turn them into something enduringly positive, something that will make a difference in countless lives.

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In the midst of the pain; both emotional and physical, Zach continued  what would be considered ‘normal’ activities for a teenager, including school, a sweet relationship with a devoted young woman named Amy, deep bonds with his parents and siblings and music as an outlet for his emotions. He wrote these poignant words that have spread worldwide:

Clouds

Well I fell down, down, down Into this dark and lonely hole There was no one there to care about me anymore And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge You were sitting there holding a rope

And we’ll go up, up, up But I’ll fly a little higher We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer Up here my dear It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

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When I get back on land Well I’ll never get my chance Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine

And we’ll go up, up, up But I’ll fly a little higher We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now If only I had a little bit more time If only I had a little bit more time with you

We could go up, up, up And take that little ride And sit there holding hands And everything would be just right And maybe someday I’ll see you again We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end

And we’ll go up, up, up But I’ll fly a little higher We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer Up here my dear It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

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I can barely comprehend what must be happening in the hearts and minds of those who knew him best; a roller coaster ride of emotion. From my heart to theirs, I wish them the kind of love that cradles them in comfort and uplifts them to the celestial.

http://youtu.be/9NjKgV65fpo My Last Days

http://youtu.be/sDC97j6lfyc Clouds by Zach Sobiech

http://youtu.be/7zxXAtmmLLc Clouds-Celebrity Tribute

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Stars Serenade Zach Sobiech in Appreciation of His Brave Cancer Fight| The Lumineers, Heroes Among Us, Health, Anna Faris, Ashley Tisdale, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Jenna Fischer, Phillip Phillips, Sara Bareilles

Zach Sobiech with friend Sammy Brown

J. Dunn Photography

  • http://www.creativebizhub.com LisaBeth Weber

    Beautifully written Edie. I feel very much the same way…..

  • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

    Thank you. It wrote me and I had no choice but to go along. I am guessing that your music/songwriting is the same.
    <3

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