I'm writing today about Casey because I literally dont know what else to do. I did not know Casey in the slightest, and I don't know one person that is on the SAS voyage right now. But I felt, and do feel such a strong and instant connection to her, and her shipboard community. The most unspeakable tragedy that you could think of happening on Semester at Sea, happened yesterday. The sadness that is enveloping the entire ship right now, is unimaginable.
Today myself, along with thousands of other SAS alumni, friends, and family are sending loving energy to the Schulman's, Casey's friends and shipmates, and family back home. The MV Explorer returns home to Ft Lauderdale in 5 days.
The part that is hitting so close to home for me, and probably anyone that has had the gift of experiencing this trip of a life time is that - this travesty happened at the end of her voyage. At the end of this voyage she has literally experienced the world with her shipmates, and probably the best friends she has ever known. Sending so much love and thoughts and prayers of healing to her shipmates because I can not think of how horrific it would be to lose someone at a time like this. Sending so much love and thoughts and prayers of healing to her family and friends back home because I'm sure all they have been thinking about is Casey's arrival home, and getting to see her so soon.
This post was written because I feel so much love and sorrow for Casey and her friends and family. I know there are so many people out their mourning this loss, and truly heartbroken. I am hoping that this blog will find you where ever you may be in your life, or in your day and you will join me in sending some loving thoughts of healing, and strength to all of the lives that Casey has touched.
Hopefully Casey's friends, family and shipmates will find some sense of peace that she died living her life in the biggest way possible - traveling the world with her dear friends whom I'm positive, touched her life in so many ways.
To all my Fall 2011 Voyage family- I'm thinking about you all today (everyday). And sending you all so much love, and so thankful for everything we have experienced together.