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We want to offer our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who responded to “The Opposite of Loneliness”; you cannot imagine how beautiful it was to learn that Marina’s words inspired countless people around the globe. We have read so many stories of inspiration, like the returning vet who now plans to pursue a medical degree; the sixty-five-year-old who realized it was ‘not too late’ to run for political office, and the Wall Street executive who left his job to work for a non-profit. The thought that, at this very moment, someone could be reading our daughter’s words, her beliefs, her concerns, and be inspired to make this world a better place is amazing and humbling. Marina would have been so honored. She would also want us to spend time not on accolades, but rather on action. It is through your actions that Marina’s spirit lives on.

In her sophomore year at college, one of Marina’s friends asked her what she thought about the meaning of life. Marina answered in one word, love. Marina went on to say that she planned to live for love:

 “What happens after or beyond this life is impossible to know, so I will focus my energies and love towards this life and the human race which inhabits it.”

While we can never hold our daughter in our arms again, we will hold tight to her vision of a world where each one of us makes a difference through the energy of our love.

We would be honored and humbled if you would join us on the journey.

Kevin & Tracy Keegan

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Please take a moment to read Jesse Terry’s story that he has graciously shared with us and how Marina Keegan impacted his life.

Published on Dec 14, 2012

My wife often sends me blogs and compelling stories that she comes across during her day. Marina Keegan’s piece for the Yale Daily News “The Opposite of Loneliness” simply stopped me in my tracks. Marina’s writing was so extraordinary and inspiring; it instantly made an impact on my life. I couldn’t believe that this brilliant person was gone. I felt myself mourning the loss of someone that I’d never met.

This line of the piece had the largest effect on me: “We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”

It reminded me that the best years of my life are not behind me… They are in the present. Right here, right now. This fragile life is what we make of it and we must embrace that gift. That is what I personally took away from Marina’s story. I’m not usually one to take things for granted but I hold my wife a little tighter now. Life feels a bit sweeter because of Marina’s honest words. 

It’s always a tragedy when someone so talented leaves this world at such a young age. But I know that her writing has had such a profound effect on so many people. It has changed lives. And as a writer or artist, isn’t that the greatest success you could ever hope for?

If you haven’t had a chance to read “The Opposite of Loneliness” please do here:

 http://yaledailynews.com/crosscampus/…

This song is inspired by Marina and dedicated to her memory. 

sincerely, Jesse

Marina by Jesse Terry

LYRICS:

Half a mural on her wall
Swirling sunsets, metallic stars
And she gets home late, just another night
Words stream out above streetlights
I picture her far-off stare
She could have gone anywhere
Instead she’s bouncing off all the satellites
Some things never will die
Marina
Oh my the song comes slow
For a face I did not know
For some words now etched in stone and in my mind
Oh my I must confess
I hate to see the light like this
The opposite of loneliness is where I am
Oh Marina, why’d you have to go
Why’d you have to go
Amber hair in a photograph
She’s trying hard not to laugh
I woke up today feeling so damn young
Free to go where the muse may run
Marina
Oh my the song comes slow
For a face I did not know
For some words now etched in stone and in my mind
Oh my I must confess
I hate to see the light like this
The opposite of loneliness is where I am
Oh Marina
Thanks for passing through my friend
I swear I’ll always look ahead
It’s all that matters in the end
Oh my the song comes slow
For a face I did not know
For some words now etched in stone and in my mind
Oh my I must confess
I hate to see the light like this
The opposite of loneliness is where I am
Oh Marina, why’d you have to go
Why’d you have to go
Jesse Terry — Jackson Beach Music (SESAC) 2012 
http://www.jesseterrymusic.com/