As I sit down to write this, I’m absolutely heart broken. I’m angry. I don’t understand why things happen the way they do, but amidst all of that I can rejoice. I can rejoice in knowing that one person had such an impact on my life, that just from simply knowing her…I will never be the same. Her legacy will live on long after I’m gone because of the way she lived her life. She made it count.

If the last conversation you had with someone turned out to be the last one you ever had, did you make it count?

If the last book you read was the last book you would ever read, did you make it count?

The last email you sent, the last text message, the last visit you had with friends or family…did you make it count?

If there is one thing I have learned from Lindsay Walleman, it’s that life is too short to do anything other than live. Make your life count. Make your life stand for something. Create a legacy that will live on in the hearts of those you leave behind.

If you’re not living a life that stands for something larger than yourself, stop what you’re doing and re-evaluate things. It’s not too late to start making it count, but there will come a time when it is.

Lindsay, you were one of the most incredible people I’ve ever known. Because of you, I’ll make sure my life counts.  Lindsay Walleman, 1984-2013.