Warning: sad video. I cried a lot while making this, but it was healing too. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her, and I don't think one ever will. One thing I am very thankful for is that I have so many pictures and videos to remember her by, and she inspired so many people through them. That thought will always make me smile.
I know the clips of us in the stall look kind of awkward, but it's the only video I've ever gotten of both of us that's not riding footage. I didn't know it would be one of my final days with her, I just wanted to capture something.
What I want to convey is how much I loved her, and I don't know if that is something that can ever be expressed through words or pictures. It's frustrating because I do try, but I don't know if I'll ever be able to explain the bond that we shared. I've been wanting to make an edit of her for a while now but I kept putting it off because I knew it would be hard. But you can't run from pain. It will always catch up to you in the end, so you might as well face it head on. I think that was Willa's philosophy for everything in life. Whatever it was, she faced it head on and gave 110%, right until the end. That's why I loved her so much. She lit a fire inside me and taught me to be fierce and brave and strong, just like her. I'm choosing to be brave now, because I can think of no better way to honor her memory.