But I have to say something.... Somewhere...
A year ago I met a strange elderly man, named Karel Jacobs. He was a professional artist who lived a colorful life from painting murals in his classrooms, to having his painted cars on the cover of magazines, to teaching golf, to retiring here in this shabby small town.
He was a kind and generous person, and always told the same corny jokes over and over, and would forget he ever told them.
He taught me how to paint, but more importantly he believed in me and told me I could be a real artist.
In a time where my identity had been shattered, and I was lost in the dark, he showed me that there was hope.
I wouldn't be where I am today without the impact he made in my life.
Today one of my paintings sold finally, to a man with a daughter who always admired it every time she saw it. She hopes to be an artist one day, and I hope my work inspires her, like how Karel did with me.
Sadly, today I also found out he had passed away.
I miss him dearly, and I want the world to know how he influenced me, and helped me change for the better.
I take comfort knowing he's probably in heaven painting, and playing golf to his heart's content.
Yet, I still wished I had more time with him here on earth. There was many times I could've visited or talked with him, but I always put it off. I think that would be one of my deepest regrets is not visiting him enough.
Rest in peace Karel Jacobs, you've been a blessing in my life.
I'll never forget you, dear friend.