“I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight...”
On New Year’s Eve 2015, Iraq war veteran Matthew DeRemer was feeling hopeful about the year to come. After leaving the Marines in 2010, DeRemer worked as a physical trainer before recently landing a great job as a surgical technician. He went out that night on his motorcycle and was killed by a drunk driver. But before leaving the house, he made one final Facebook post that has now been shared more than 26,000 times. According to his sister Lynsey, “We knew he had a very big personality. He was like a magnet for people. But to see the kind of testimony he had, it does give us peace.”
After his death, his friends noticed that his final post was a poignant reflection on the last year, filled with hope for 2016 reflecting his burgeoning faith and a new career. The last line reads like a premonition. “And I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight,” DeRemer wrote, “but I do know where I windup is where I’m meant to be.” The post ends with a happy face emoji.
At the end of the post, he inserted a meme asking people to reflect on the power that one day holds. “We are born in 1 day. We die in 1 day.”
Although he is no longer with us, DeRemer’s final writings have inspired thousands because of his optimism and faith.
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(H/T The Chive)