I have met / greeted Burry on a number of occasions - mostly to ensure that I got a photo opportunity for Matt with Burry. Burry never ceased to amaze me on every and all of these occasions in that he was gentlemanly, interested and attentive with yet another photo moment. Those who know Mr Stander know that the rest of us have much to learn from this diminutive giant. Thanks Burry.
|Burry and Matt after Argus MTB challenge 2012|
As I worked through the posts on the hub I got a sense of Burry and what he represented. There was not a single post that had any negative sentiment (except for the taxi driver of course, or the state of driving in general in SA). Those that have had the opportunity to meet and chat to Burry will remember the fleeting moments of those stolen moments forever...
Matt (aged 10 as mentioned earlier) does not deal with these intense emotional moments well. I could see the absolute devastation in his entire being. Shoulders slumped and a general teary, angry disposition.
|2011 EPIC final stage at Lourensford|
My take-away from this all is:
- Life is short.
- You don't control the when and where no matter what you do.
- We remember our heroes and villains - maybe the former more, the latter less - but remember none the less.
But be vigilant:
- Enjoy every moment. Those with family and friends more so.
- Work is just that - a means to an end.
- If you can find work that you are passionate about and love, then do it.
Burry, the five minutes we shared with Matt were awesome. You may have impacted our lives in those short moments more than you would have thought. Journey forth, young Stander, your job here may be done but your memory will remain for a long time. I am hoping that Matt and his mates will carry forward some of what you you given us.