I was on vacation in Bahamas, sleeping, when I got a text around 4am saying my friend had died. At first I thought it was a sick joke. It wasn’t. Dale Boorman had passed away in a motocross accident the day before..
It’s been two years since then and it all seems like yesterday. Maybe it’s because I moved to Vancouver for university and haven’t been home much since then. Maybe it’s because I can remember moments with Dale, hear his voice, see his clothes, picture his little habits so clearly that it’s impossible to forget him. I even have memories like that with people who are still living that I haven’t seen for a while. I’m sure you do too, with your own family and friends.
At the same time, it feels like it’s been a lifetime since I’ve seen him. I hold many memories of Dale, but they just seem like memories now. It’s kind of similar to how I picture my childhood. So much has changed.
That being said, it’s important to enjoy the moments we have with each other in the now. Life is fragile and freak accidents happen with no explanation. Don’t take the people you love and care about for granted. We’re all here together and we only get one shot at this things called life. Let’s try and make the most of it.
Dale Boorman had an open mind, heart and soul. He took risks, was a thrill seeker and simply loved life. His laugh and genuine happiness were both contagious. After Dale passed I decided to take more chances, to be more open to new experiences and do things that may scare me a little. His personality and passion were a constant reminder of how I should be living my life; with an open mind, heart and soul. And of course, to take risks and chances!
Today we should all hug our loved ones a little tighter. My thoughts are with the Boorman family, Alex, and of course all his friends back at home. I miss you all!