A year and a half ago, I experienced loss for the first time. Branden was one of my sister's dearest friends. My parents adored him and his beautiful family. He was so good with me. I must have annoyed him like crazy, the way I always followed after my sister and their group of friends, but he was always so kind to me. When he passed away, it broke my sisters heart and that was the hardest thing for me to have to see her and her friends go through. He had such an incredible impact on my family. At this time, I thought that I should write a song in honour of his memory, but I couldn't quite seem to do it justice.
A few months later, one of my very best friends lost her brother to suicide. Brett's battle had been a long one, and I connected with this in such a personal way. I had the amazing honour of singing a song that his sister Hailey wrote for him at his funeral, and I am so honoured that I was able to be there for his family through such a difficult time. Once again, I watched someone I loved so dearly going through so much pain and I knew then that I had to write this song, I had to keep the memory of these two boys alive because they had left such an incredible impact on all of our lives. But I just couldn't seem to find the words.
In January of 2016, we lost another boy. Zac was in his last year of high school, so close to graduating when he was killed in a car accident. I can say with absolute certainty, on behalf of all of us that knew him in high school and had gotten the honour of being his friend, that he is greatly loved, and he is so unbearably missed. I saw him for the last time only a week or two before the accident and I promised him that I'd make the time to visit him soon. I didn't get that chance.
I truly believe with everything that I am that Zac finished this song for me. And I'm here today sharing it with all of you so that you might understand that we don't always have as much time as we think. So cherish the people in your life.
This song is called Too Young, written in loving memory of Branden Maughan, Brett Cornelius and Zac Drolet.
Too Young - music video