Our Life

One year of love

By Michael Armijo

There’s a song by Queen called “one year of love” that brings me peace. The song talks about how the singer had “one year of love, which is better than a lifetime alone.”

I’ve chosen to apply this song and this philosophy to my life and to the death of my friends.

At times I chose to sulk and miss those who were close to me and who are now gone, but I now reflect on how lucky I am to have had “many years of love” instead of “a lifetime alone.” I am very fortunate to have such beautiful memories when others have none, when others are left to walk this earth lonely and fearful.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of my closest and loving friends. I can cry about our past or I can remember how fortunate I am to have had so many years of love and friendship. I choose the latter.

It’s during these trying times our abilities and our philosophies are tested. And, I believe, how we spend this time of pain and reflection is a testimony of how strong and appreciative we are for that love and friendship. I also believe if we do sulk and wallow in pain, we are then insulting that friendship. We are ignoring that love. These people who are placed in our lives are placed there for a reason. We are fortunate to have such experiences and wonderful memories.

So today I will not insult the love I received from these individuals. Today I will appreciate that I was fortunate enough to have such valuable and priceless memories given to me. It’s just like giving a gift to someone: when you are given a gift, like a jacket or a warm scarf, you wear it and it comforts you when you’re cold and alone. You have that feeling of warmth and memory or their thoughtfulness with you. When that person is no longer in your life, do you throw out that jacket or scarf? Or do you keep wearing it and utilizing it for as long as you can? My friendships and loving memories should be the same: I will not discard them and throw them out by being hurt and feeling sad because they have left us against their will. I will not sulk and wallow in selfishness. I will not discard those wonderful and priceless times that enhanced my life and contributed to the success that I worked so hard to achieve and deserve. I will remember those precious gifts that were given to me and I will continue to wear them to warm my heart and comfort me during chilly times and loneliness.

So today I smile. Today I enjoy. Today I remember and cherish those wonderful gifts that were given to me to warm my heart and comfort me. And I will be thankful that I will, once again, have “one more year of love.”


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