Do we really know as much as we think we know about our friends?

Sadly a friend from Rotary passed away. I attended his funeral on Tuesday, and it was the biggest funeral I have ever attended, hard to say but would think there were around 300 people who came along to farewell Alan. It started me thinking about how little we know about some of our friends. I knew that he was a good Rotarian and active in his community, but just how active was a surprise to me. I knew he was involved in scouting  but how heavily involved, I had no idea. I didn’t even know that he had received an OAM for his work in scouting, a few years back. At 71 (not old in today’s world), Alan was a quiet achiever – well quiet probably is not a good word for Alan, with his booming voice that used to startle me with its loudness. (Must have been from trying to make himself heard over the scouts 😀).

As well as Rotary and scouting, Alan was also involved in his local church council and on the local Council. He had even completed a law degree, later in life to support his work. A truly amazing man.

Are we all as complex as Alan. Is it always a surprise to our friends, after our passing, at the many facets of our lives? I can only hope that my friends will be as surprised and delighted as I was this week, when my time comes.

Being unexpected

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