Jonathan Gregoire was attending Liberty University in Virginia when he was struck by a train as he crossed a trestle. However, when taking a look at Gregoire’s social media accounts, it is evident this was not the first time the man had used the trestle. In fact, the last photo posted to his Instagram account was taken from the very trestle he was killed.
“Here, I stand on the edge of the ledges I’ve made, looking for a steady hand. Here, I stand in the land of the rocks in the valley, trying to be a better man.”
In the photo, Gregoire is standing on the edge of the trestle that he would die on a week later. The caption of the photo was one describing how Gregoire was living life to the fullest and trying to be the best man he could be. In an even more haunting post that can be found on both Gregoire’s Instagram and Twitter account, Jonathan discusses life after death.
“If life ends at the grave, then we have no ultimate purpose for living.” – William Lane Craig
Throughout Gregoire’s social media accounts, you can find photos of the man in various adventurous locations. He can be seen standing on top of mountains, on ledges of cliffs, train trestles, and hiking various locations. He used the hashtag #wanderfolk and #venturingvirginia frequently. It appears that it was Gregoire’s adventurous side and exploration that ultimately cut his life short.
However, according to Gregoire’s posts, it appears the man felt that a life without adventure was one wasted. So we can assume that in his 21 short years, Gregoire did live them in the only way he would have deemed worthy. One of the last quotes Gregoire posted to his account summed up his take on life perfectly.
“Not I — Not anyone else can travel that road for you, you must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman