HIV rates are declining around the world but in some Asian countries like Indonesia it is on increase. The official number of people suffering from HIV in Indonesia, is unknown but on our lovely island of Bali alone, there are over 13,000 cases.
I wrote this last year in tribute of a dear friend who I lost to HIV/Aids. There are many NGOs and services that can assist someone suffering from HIV.
Don’t turn a blind eye ….seek help and get them tested, you might just save a life of someone you love.
I can’t believe that it’s been a year since you’ve gone my friend.
I can’t believe that I’ll never be able to see you smile.
I can’t believe that I’ll never be able to wrap my arms around you and give you a big hug.
I’m sorry that I didn’t know about your pain, until it was too late. I’m sorry that I didn’t stay in closer contact with you.
I’m sorry that I assumed that everything was okay with you, when inside you were hurting.
I wonder what you were thinking as your life ended.
Did you wonder if your life mattered?
Then let me tell you that it did.
That in those few weeks together you touched my heart with your kindness, your laughter and your positive energy.
And above all else with your beautiful smile.
As you were dying, did you wonder if people would remember you?
Then let me tell you that I will remember you forever and hold you close in my heart.
It’s been a year since I said goodbye to you, my friend.
Tears still stream down my face as I write these final words. Goodbye my beautiful friend.
I hope that wherever you are, you finally have peace in your heart and in your soul.