“The last time I saw him, he gave me a kiss on the cheek, I gave him one. I tell him I loved him,” Walker shared. “It’s a great memory.
– Paul Walker’s Dad
I still can’t believe that it’s been a year since Paul Walker’s untimely passing. Most people probably don’t remember about it or could care less but to those whom he inspired, it’s been a year of painful acceptance. But have everyone really accepted the fact that he’s gone? I think not and it will take a very…very long time. If those who are not even related to him feels that way, I can’t imagine what more to his closest friends, his immediate family and most especially to his daughter. I know how it feels to lose someone you love so dearly and the pain never goes away. It subsides a little as time goes by but the pain remains even though it helps to take comfort in the memories they have left behind.
Many people from all walks of life were greatly affected by what happened to Paul Walker. Just like those many people who admire him, I feel like I know him somehow not just through his movies but more so on his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. I can’t help but admire someone who made such efforts in helping those in dire need after they’ve been hit by major calamities. Paul Walker founded the charitable organization, Reach Out Worldwide to provide a rapid response to those needing help. He did this without using his fame, which is even more admirable. He saw first-hand what happened to those disaster areas as a result of such catastrophic calamities. He offered not just material and medical needs but most importantly his time and dedication to help the victims. Paul Walker actually did the walk.
When I first heard about what happened to him, I was checking in at the airport from the Philippines heading to Japan. Someone asked the lady who was checking in my luggage if she had heard of what happened to Paul Walker. The lady responded by saying no and the other person said in disbelief that Paul Walker had died and that she saw a video of the terrible car crash. My better half and I looked at each other in disbelief and said “Nah, that’s most likely just a hoax!” Well, we wish it was because as soon as we landed at Narita and turned our mobile phone’s on the text messages started coming in. I received one from my Mom, my best friend and another friend (the one whose college friend is friends with Paul Walker). I then checked my Facebook account and saw some friends who posted articles about it. I read status updates expressing their sadness over his untimely passing. Still in disbelief, I quickly researched it in Google and so many news article confirmed the tragic event. I honestly cried. 😦 It’s as if I had lost a friend. I don’t know him personally but just like others, somehow I feel like I do. I’ve always liked him as an actor before I even found out about his charity work. I used to tell my better half that he seems like such a nice person. He thought so too and our hunches were right.
Paul Walker is an exception in Hollywood. He remained humble despite his success as an actor but what he was most proud of was his work with Reach Out Worldwide. He had a great desire to help others which is something that he’s always done and did it quietly. A trait that clearly signifies sincerity.
How I wish that I had the chance to meet such an admirable individual. But I am glad to have known him even from a distance because he has inspired me to be a better person.
So today, I am honoring his memory along with millions of people out there whose lives he touched in such a special way.
THANK YOU for the memories Paul.
THANK YOU for your efforts in helping those in need especially in my home country of Philippines.
But most of all, THANK YOU for inspiring us all to be better individuals. ❤
One Year Later…Remembering My Best Friend
by Jesse Brisendine
The Many Sides of Paul Walker
Paul Walker, the Marine Biologist
Paul Walker, the Martial Artist (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
Paul Walker, the Race Car Driver
Paul Walker, the Humanitarian and Philanthropist (Reach Out Worldwide)
Paul Walker on Fatherhood
Remembering Paul Walker…more stories can be found on the links below:
Paul Walker’s Dad Shares Touching Memories of His Late Son
Paul Walker’s Childhood Photo Album
Brother Cody Walker Remembers Paul
Family and Friends Remember Paul Walker