Sarah Ramsey; Two Years.

two years ago, I was working Taste of Country music festival, and a friend called. Our friend had been hit by a car, wasn’t doing well. She later passed away.

It was a small, close, tight-knit college community. We are all still friends, we were together from the day we walked into the door until the day we threw our caps in the air. Sarah was there, partying, snowboarding and showing love, with the rest of us. We thought we’d always peace out on things when we felt like it, not the other way around. There’s nothing like working a menial, entry level job, while friends travel, or your loans start coming in, to see that we’re not always going to be able to do things the way we had always done them. And we learned. We adapted, and we grew.

We knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses- writing papers together and taking shots together will give you that ability. We went out of our way to structure time outside of class, for music festivals, runs, group activities, events and travel. It wasn’t hard to see how Sarah was so involved; she took everything into her hands and made it better. She was strong, and brave, and fun. I was watching Lady Antebellum on stage when my friend called with the news. It was so awful.

‘We Own the Night’ will always remind me of her. She was bold and adventurous. She’d call you bitch on your birthday and make you do a shot with her after. She traveled, she loved, big! She never gave up, and she saw the mystery in everything.

We all can be jaded sometimes- life happens, man. One minute, you’re fine, and the next, you’re wondering how the hell you got to this place, this job, this relationship, etc. Can we live a little bit more like Sarah Ramsey, today, please? A little louder and a little brighter. Sad to write this, a 25 year old woman mourning the loss of her friend. Two years have passed; does it ever get easier? For her parents, for her friends, her sister and brother, her family?

We live on through her legacy; defy all odds and expectations. Level the playing court by playing the absolute best game you’ve got, and letting go of old hurt. When I see another post about Sarah on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today, it reminds me to keep improving, to do things that are fun, to make big messes and big plans, to love out loud.

I miss my friend. I’m so lucky to have known a girl who was brave, and strong, and could fight and love with equal measure, and never gave up, on her friends.

Are you going to live a little louder today?

Here’s the song, in it’s entirety:

“We Owned The Night”

Tell me have you ever wanted
Someone so much it hurts?
Your lips keep trying to speak
But you just can’t find the words
Well I had this dream once;
I held it in my head

She was the purest beauty
But not the common kind
She had a way about her
That made you feel alive
And for a moment
We made the world stand still

Yeah, we owned the night

You had me dim the lights;
You danced just like a child
The wine spilled on your dress

And all you did was smile
Yeah, it was perfect
I hold it in my mind

Yeah, we owned the night

When the summer rolls around
And the sun starts sinking down
I still remember you
Oh, I remember you
And I wonder where you are

Are you looking at those same stars again?
Do you remember when?

We woke under a blanket
All tangled up in skin
Not knowing in that moment
We’d never speak again
But it was perfect;
I never will forget
When we owned the night

Yeah, we owned the night


One thought on “Sarah Ramsey; Two Years.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s