There’s this particular song that has been going on and on in my mind since I heard the news today
I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, and something that I left behind
when I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget
I was here
I lived, I loved………….
And I must confess, Chioma, you left your footprint. It doesn’t have to be concrete but it is those qualities that are hard to find: abundant love, resilience in the face of adversity and the ability to find something to smile about, to live for even in the darkest moments of our lives
Your life here although short is an inspiration, a motivation and your standards something to aspire to.
I will miss your easy smiles, your unquenchable thirst for music, truthfulness(even if it hurts at the time), your avoidance of conflict (although it doesn’t mean you will allow yourself to be walked over), your carefree lackadaisical approach to life, your steadfastness in your beliefs without imposing them on others and your ability to be there for people when it really matters.
The last part of the song goes:
“I just want them to know
That I gave my all, did my best
Brought someone to happiness
his world a little better just because
I was here……
And Chioma, you were really here.
I just pray your mum can find consolation from the fact that you’re now free of pain. Also, that your siblings and dad can be comforted.
And we, your friends can take your advice in the lyrics of the song ‘I hope you dance’:
“That we will never take a single breath for granted,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’,…………………
You will forever remain in our hearts and every chubby cheeked baby will always be an absolute reminder.
I was here……….. Beyoncé
I hope you dance………Lee Ann Womack
Dedicated to my friend & sister Okoyeugha Chioma who passed away on Saturday morning, 14/06/2014.