Joh lost his battle with a myriad of health problems this past week at just the age of 40, but it wasn't because he didn't fight his hardest to win.
Anyone following Joh on Facebook knows that it was a rough and tumble battle with the Grim Reaper, and Joh got in more than a few good shots before he could fight no more.
While my interactions with Joh were largely on Facebook and in the social media realm, I still recall my few meetings with him. A tireless advocate for the legalization of marijuana, Joh knew how to light up a room with his unique wit and charm.
I initially paid my respects on Facebook to him when I learned of his death. Today, I went back to see what others were saying. It's amazing how someone's Facebook site can turn into the best memorial for them. Post after post of people telling Joh how much he meant to them and how much he brightened their lives. But, like the Michael Jackson song, Gone Too Soon says, "Here one day, gone one night."
Life is short, my friends, and Joh Padgett's was shorter than it should have been. That said, it's clear from the many comments from his friends that he LIVED it.
My lessons from Joh include living life with a positive attitude no matter how bad you feel or how much things put you down. Love and live a cause and use your time here to speak up and not fade into the background, and, whenever you can, brighten someone else's day in whatever way you can.
If you do those things, people will probably remember you as someone they will never forget.
Here's to you Joh! Gone too soon but never ever forgotten.