Not a day goes by that I do not think about you, some how every little thing reminds me of you.  Whether it is a bottle of Coors light, the smell of a cigar, a contagious smile or a motorcycle passing by.  Every time that you pop into my head, a smile appears on my face and as time goes on, I cry less and I smile more.  I cry less because I know you would hate to see me upset and I smile more because I know I have an angel by my side.  The worst part about losing you so soon was that I was unable to tell you how much I love you and how important you are not only to me but also to everyone that was lucky enough to know you.
            I knew that my life would be different without you in it.  I thought that because you were not here, I would not smile as big and laugh as loud.  I was wrong.  I still smile big and laugh loud when thinking about you.  Because you are not here, I live each and every day to the fullest.  I wake up every morning and am thankful that I have another day on earth.  I try my best to be kind to others and to always think positive.  I do all of these things in your honor because that is what you did when you were here.  Even though you are not here to make more memories and give more advice, I still learn something new from you every day.  After you left us, I learned that our time on earth is limited and that we must love everyone with all of our hearts because you never know when they will be gone.   It amazes me that I have learned the most important lessons about life from someone who is not here anymore.  It also comforts me to know that your legacy will live on forever not only through me but through all of the lives you touched.

In memory of my Uncle Johnny

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