I lost one of my friends today. I wouldn’t go as to saying that he was one of my best friends but a good friend. I remember him from all the way back in elementary school as being the person who would joke around about everything and never take something serious. When I heard about the accident on tuesday, my instant thought was man that really sucks for that guy who wrecked his motorcycle..a few minutes later I received a text from one of my best friends Chris Hawkins “Hey man, just a heads up. pray for Jacob he was in a motorcycle accident today.” As I sat there wondering saying this couldn’t be Jacob..there is no way this is Jacob. I texted Chris back saying “It wasnt on Timberlake road was it?” He responded with “Nah man I heard it was in Roanoke.” I sat back with a little bit of ease as I watched the news and they didn’t give a name as to who it was, but then they put the camera right on the motorcycle..a white motorcycle..and my heart dropped. I texted Chris back saying “Please tell me Jacob didn’t have a white motorcycle..” Chris replied with “Yes he did why?” And thats the moment that my heart skipped. I sat down in silence and repeatedly listened to the song “Hey Hey, My My” by Battleme as I came across it. The sad thought entered my mind about that I can lose anyone of my friends at any given time, without any warning.
We all take this life for granted, something that is given and cannot be taken away, but the sad reality of it is that life is short. Life is unfair and God takes things from you that he sees fit. I am only 20 years young. 20 short years where I have left my impact of this world, and what have I done that has impacted anyone? nothing. I cant imagine life without the people in my life at the moment. Where do I turn? How am I going to be able to help my best friend through this troubled time in his life? I have no idea but all I know is that I need to be there, anytime of the day to make sure that he will be okay. When my grandpa passed away my senior year I felt as though everything was ripped away from my life suddenly and everything was out of place. I cried day after day knowing that he wasnt going to be here every morning when I woke up to say bye to me as I left for school. We didn’t even get along that well, but yet I still felt as though my entire life was over, but with the help of good friends always being by my side I was able to get through that troubled time and thats exactly what I have to do to be there for Chris.
To me this was a huge wake up call. I cannot believe that a life would be cut so short by doing something he loved to do and that was ride his motorcycle. Jacob Warrender will be missed by everyone he ever came into contact with. My favorite memories of Jacob was that day I walked back into the YMCA after getting a membership the month grandpa passed away. I was still standoff-ish from people and was going back to the gym to relieve from frustration I had on my life. I walked into the gym and sat down at the bench as I laid back, I noticed Jacob and Chris off in the distance. I got off the bench and walked over to them, it had been the first time I had talked to either guy in a few years expect for a few “Hey” in the hallway at school. Jacob and Chris started talking with me as though we hadn’t skipped a beat. Suddenly we started hanging out every day at the gym for the next few weeks and every once in a while we would hang out until Jacob left for Marine boot camp. The last real time me and Jacob actually hung out was over Christmas break when me, Chris and Jacob went to see Project X. The last thing Jacob said to me that day was “Hey man, I can’t wait to come up to Radford and we’ll party like they did in that movie.”
On a last note, I pray that Jacob’s family and all his close friends seek comfort in a positive way. I know this is going to be a terrible time for all of them in their lives for the next years to come but know that God has a plan for everyone and I cannot wait to see Jacob again one day and see what kind of Havoc he has been reeking up there in Heaven. Love you man, see you soon.