today, my best friend left home. it didn’t hit me until we were standing in the airport terminal, entangled in each others arms, when rivers began leaking through my eyes as all of our memories washed over me at once and i knew that what we shared was meant to be unforgettably beautiful. i have known you in this body for two months. though i know our souls have been friends for lifetimes. i knew it the moment i first saw you. sitting barefoot on the living room floor, playing guitar, head tilted back as love poured through your lungs. something about your emerald eyes was achingly familiar. as if in their reflection, i recognized a piece of myself i didn’t even know i was missing until i met you. the next 60 days were a blur. from climbing roadside avo trees and surfing until dusk pulls the sun beneath her sheets, makeshift dinners beneath a blanket of stars, staying out way too late, waking up to early, and doing it all over again the next day...we wove a family together. and i fell in love with the fragile impermanence of life itself. it is through relentlessly trusting its unpredictable nature, that i have witnessed, felt, and experienced what can only be described as truly living. it has been an honor, to become your friend. to cry with you. laugh with you. live with you.
you have taught me to be fearlessly curious, and unapologetically raw, it takes an immeasurable amount of courage to do what is right, not what is easy. all i could manage to say through the falling tears a few hours ago, wrapped in your arms, was “please stay safe.” but i know you will. you are eternally protected by the unshaken source of love that lingers in the depths of a soul whose unimaginable purity, whose light, has made me believe in magic again. for this is what you are. composed of everything that is beautiful and whole and alive. you are nothing less than everything. you are love, daniel. and when the weight of this world becomes too heavy to hold, let your heart guide you home. i’ll be there. waiting, with open arms.