July 7th, 2007 * 777 *
For some people this is a sign of luck, usually in the world of gambling. Today, these 3 numbers mean something else to me.
My little brother David Silva passed away at the age of 21 (7 x 3 = 21). He was shot once in the arm after leaving a bar. I was with him that night, I took him to the hospital where he passed away shortly afterward. My brother had never been shot before, although I have. I was shot 6 times with an AK when I was 15, but I was given a second chance at life.
My brother was a gambler with life, he took a lot of risk. He was never afraid to try something dangerous or edgy. He had rolled the dice plenty of times and luck was usually on his side, we never thought he would of been taken from us so easily. I miss my brother dearly, everyday I think about him and remember all the good times we had. He was funny, charismatic, and could make friends with anyone. His passing was truly a big deal in the community. He was loved by many and still is.
The reflective side of me takes a moment to see the lesson to this story. I have been given many chances in life, I’ve been shot on two separate occasions and have been in and out of jail; Lucky, the least to say. Luck is something that can’t be controlled, nor assumed. The versatility of life is wide and grand, and sometimes unforgiving. We roll the dice in hopes to hit lady luck, some even believe it to be a skill. But the outcome can only be determined by the result – meaning…you don’t know until it happens!! So does that mean to not take risk, to be a home body, to live in a cave…I think not. To me – it means that the stakes are high when I play with something as precious as life. Ive learned to walk a path of progress and have found justice in service.
Although David has passed away, he left behind a spirit that influences my decisions and choices today. In turn , what kind of spirit will I instill in others…whether I’m gone or alive. Some might think this is a bit morbid, but I think it’s beautiful. Two things we all have in common are life and death, and we should embrace this truth – maybe you’ll change your perspective on your life today. To my friends that are taking risk and running the streets, playing the game and living on the edge…just remember –
Second Chances Are Given…Not Promised.