Live Like Levi
Life is fragile.
Have you ever lost a loved one? Have you felt the deep gap in your heart with the knowledge that you won’t ever be able to talk to them again? That is how I felt the summer after I graduated and for many months to follow.
On June 5, 2014 the world stopped spinning. For those of you who knew Levi Alejandro Montoya, you know what I mean. For the following weeks, even months it was if the sun was sucked out of the sky. The world was void of color, void of life. Since then, the sun has risen in the sky once again and the days continue on, but Levi left a legacy that will forever impact this world.
Live Like Levi.
I have pondered those words a lot over the past year and a half. I have thought to myself what it would mean to live like Levi, but it always brings a bittersweet memory and an inevitable sadness.
To live like Levi would be to include everybody, support people, impact those in your everyday life and change the world. Levi always stuck up for the underdog. He had a very special way about him that would brighten your day regardless of how your day was previously going. He genuinely liked making people happy but beyond that even, he cared about people. Almost all of my memories of Levi are of him laughing, smiling and carefree. Levi was so intelligent, we would always study for the skill-a-thons together at the fair.
He was an amazing showman.
He had contagious positive attitude and an imagination that would outrank the best dreamers and thinkers of this world. Beyond all of that Levi had an extreme passion for life. Whatever he was doing, showing his pigs at the fair, going to football practice, taking a Quality Assurance test, walking his animals in the summer heat, or spending time with his grandparents, he did it with all of his heart.
He gave 100% every single time.
I can try to explain to you what it would look like to live like Levi, but instead I want you to look at the earth in a different light. When you see the sun set at night, do you see all of the colors, shades and hues that are incorporated into a beautiful light show just for us? Levi saw them. Do you see the kid in your cafeteria that hardly anybody likes to talk to, or the person at your work who always looks sad? Levi saw those people. Have you ever put your heart and mind 100% into doing something? Levi did. Living like Levi my seem foreign to some people, but get out of your comfort zone.
Try something new, because Levi did.
A melting pot. That is the way the he would describe himself. He got his love of reading from Grandma Dianne, his love of math and his smarts from Grandpa Gary, his love of agriculture from his mom, Christy, his dedication from his dad, Luciano. I can see humor in him from his Aunt Mona Lisa. He is adventurous like Mario. Sharp witted like Tim. Hardworking and innovative like Jerry. When I look at Bailey, I see Levi.
My very last memory of Levi, which I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my days, was at my graduation party on June 1, 2014. Some of the kids had gathered together and were playing football. I decided to join in for a round and Levi was on the opposite team. As we stood facing each other, he looked me in the eye and gave me the biggest grin in the world and then he just took off running. His team ended up winning. Little did I know that would be the last time I would see his smile, or hear his laughter ring through air.
Even though he is gone, his legacy lives on. The impact that he has made on this world is unbelievable.
I miss you more than ever Levi Alejandro.
Thank you for being a legacy that lives on in the hearts of so many people.
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