Life is full of surprises, leaps of faith, strokes of serendipity — whatever you want to call them.
However, they're not always going to throw you into the arms of a perfect stranger or align the stars so that you would cross paths with a long-lost lover. There are plenty of unexpectedly grim turns of events that happen every single day to the people we'd least expect.
Like the fatal car accident that took the life of a 31-year-old Iraq war veteran, Matthew DeRemer, this past New Year's Eve.
DeRemer was riding his motorcycle on the evening of December 31 when he was struck by a drunk driver and died at the scene.
However, the reason why his story is now traveling the Internet lies beneath the tragic accident.
It has to do with DeRemer's inspiring message he posted on Facebook hours before the fatal crash.
On Thursday morning, the former Marine corporal took the time to reflect on his past experiences, the obstacles he'd overcome and the pain he had to endure.
"Last day of 2015!!!! For me, I'll be meditating through all I do, on this entire year. I've lost, I've gained, family is closer and tougher than ever before, loved ones lost, and new friends found," DeRemer wrote.
He expressed gratitude and faith in what lies ahead. DeRemer's last sentences reflected on his "live in the moment" approach to life.
DeRemer's post, despite being poignant in the light of later events, really tugs at the heartstrings of many and already has more than 21,000 shares on Facebook.
Read his full message below:
"Last day of 2015!!!!
For me, I'll be meditating through all I do, on this entire year. I've lost, I've gained, family is closer and tougher than ever before, loved ones lost, and new friends found.
There have been many times where I've been found on my knees in prayer for hours (relentless) and other times leading a group of people in prayer, my faith (that I love to share) is an everyday awakening (to me) that people, lives, and circumstances can change for the better OVER TIME.
I look back at 2015's huge challenges that I've overcome, shared with others, and have once again found myself... To say thank you and BRING ON 2016, much work is to be done!
And I really don't know where I'll end up tonight but I do know where I wind up is where I'm meant to be."
DeRemer's post is a perfect reminder of how fragile the human life is and how we should always feel responsible not only for our own well-being, but for the well-being and safety of every single member of the society that we live in.
So be safe. And make sure others around you are safe as well.