I always knew, from her blog, facebook and COTH posts that she was one of the good ones. She volunteered at events, supported up and coming riders, sponsored our top athletes, competed herself, worked full time and kept herself in tip top shape.
What I did not know was how much she did and how much she gave of herself or for that matter, who she really was... What I do know was that she was a grateful woman, of a generous nature who did not fear giving her time and self to do good for others.
When Sugar died, she reached out to me and asked me to continue blogging and told me how much she enjoyed the journey. And then, connected me with people and horses to help speed the search to heal my hurting heart.
Her death touched me in a way that I've struggled to figure out... So young.. But, it wasn't the closeness in our ages but the true feeling of loss. You see, you may not know her, but she was one of the good ones. Her acts of kindness and generosity beget more acts of kindness and generosity from those of us recipients and the recipients of those that knew her...
Tributes to this blogger friend, use as your own inspiration:
USEA - http://useventing.com/news/memoriam-seema-sonnad
Eventing Nation - http://eventingnation.com/home/eventing-community-mourns-the-loss-of-seema-sonnad/
University of PA - http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/In-Memoriam-Seema-S-Sonnad-PhD--Colleague-Mentor-Friend
Her Friend's Blog - http://bluehillfarm.blogspot.com/2015/05/because-of-seema.html
A fellow blogger's blog who's story touched my heart again - http://www.teamflyingsolo.com/2015/05/its-not-about-eventing-its-about-living.html