How much I would wish that what happened yesterday was just a bad dream and upon waking up today everything would be gone. Unfortunately, it is the most painful reality. Very dear and special friend, somebody whom I would easily call a brother, Helmut Lindner, suddenly passed away yesterday morning.
Just the day before we talked and I shared my plans of visiting France which he rejoiced and wished me good luck and unforgettable moments, and next thing I received about him was the news that he was gone..
I cannot believe and accept this fact, cannot think that I’ll never read words of support and encouragement from him, never see him again. He just always knew what to say at the right moment, what to do to help and to fix. He was one of the nicest, kindest and most generous people I have met, full of life and positive energy, wonderful sense of humor and deepness. I know that what he enjoyed most was to help people around him without expecting anything in return, and I was definitely one of them. We met a bit less than two years ago, and since that time he became one of my best friends. With some people you don’t need much time to get connected, it is just so natural to be around them, and even though they are sometimes far away, you feel that they are always around. He was always around.
This sudden and tragic news is another reminder that our life is just a fleeting moment, and both our lives and our dear ones’ cannot be taken for granted. We have only today and only now, the next moment or day might be too late to say, to hug, to love. You have to do it now and not to wait for another chance. It might never come again, and unspoken words and feelings will lay a heavy burden upon your soul.
Being the richest person on earth with all amazing people and friendships I gained during my trip, I also carry this heavy burden of what I might have done but have not. And if I can tell you just one thing I learned it would be - you should not wait to appreciate somebody next to you.
Helmut, thank you for being a huge part of my journey, for all you have done for me, for your friendship and care. Being a guardian angel here on earth, now you are a guardian angel in heaven