Like many, Matthew DeRemer took to Facebook on New Year’s eve, to write about life in general and about his hopes and dreams for the future. Little did he know that the post would be his last or that it would touch so many strangers’ lives.
Unfortunately, this Marine veteran would never write another post, after a drunk driver struck his motorcycle in Largo, Florida that very same night. The 31-year-old, who worked as a surgical technologist, died at the scene, where Steven Lee Clarke, 59, was arrested in the crash, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.
This is what DeRemer shared with the world:
“We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day … 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 has 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 works to be done! And I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight but I do know where I windup is where I’m meant to be.”
After his death, DeRemer’s powerful message was shared not only by his friends and family but by thousands of strangers.
One reader said it best, with this comment: “Bro I don’t know you, but I read the post last night… You basically wrote your own obituary.”