Beautiful Spirits are never crushed. They might be shoved down, they might grow up with Communism, religious domination, great loss or pain, poverty or abuse in any part of the world, or perhaps they live a relatively easy life until later in adulthood some one or some event tries to break them. But you cannot break a Beautiful Spirit though you may try.
I am privileged to know several Beautiful Spirits and this blog is named for a once private joke between myself and on them. The world lost him at this time last year and although the ones he left behind feel the pain of his loss, they are also filled with a deep love that cannot be lost. It's that love we must hold on to. Just because he is gone does not mean that love is lost. Forgetting that would be to forget the beauty of his spirit and that spirit lives on in us.
Rest In Peace, dearest Shawn.