We all have those little somethings we have always dreamed about but never got to do. Maybe the timing was never right, maybe it cost a fortune or possibly we were just too lazy to do something about it, assuming we still have all the time in the world to get there. But sometimes that’s just not the case and people are taken from this life too soon and too quickly, in what seems like a blink of an eye. That’s exactly what happened to this Texas man. Therefore, his family decided the best way to honor his memory was to send him on his last journey, fulfilling his dreams symbolically. Scroll down for the heartfelt story!

This bottle with a tiny bag of ashes of a Texas man set for his last journey, a letter, and $4 washed up on a Florida beach

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After his passing this spring, the family of 39-year-old Brian Mullins, a tow truck driver from Garland, Texas felt the best way to commemorate him would be to send him away on a last journey since the thing he loved the most was being free. His mother, Darlene Mullins said, “He was an avid fisherman. He wanted to travel the world”. Despite that, he never got to go ocean fishing, so it seemed only fitting he’d get to roam the oceans at least now after his early passing, fulfilling his dreams. In order to find out where he ends up, the family placed some money inside the bottle to cover the call for anyone who found that.

And it ended up in the hands of Sergeant Paula Pendleton of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office

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Unable to see to the task herself, Mrs. Mullins gave the bottle to relatives in Florida to set the bottle free into the ocean. Yet, it was washed ashore a Florida Panhandle beach and ended up in Sgt. Pendleton’s hands after being reported to the authorities. Having lost her husband only a year ago, Pendleton was really emotional while reading the notes. “I sat in here, in my patrol car, and cried like a baby,” she said. After that, she knew she had to help and reached out to an acquaintance of hers who owns a charter boat and asked him to take the ashes far off the coast so they can travel far, just as the family intended.

Who was extremely moved by the notes she found inside, since her own husband had also passed last year

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The note inside the bottle read:
This bottle contains the cremation ashes of my son, Brian, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed on March 9, 2019. More than anything, he longed to be free, so I’m sending him on one last adventure. This bottle was launched from Destin, Florida. If you find it, please call or text me and let me know. I have left $4 to cover the call. Feel free to add your own note, then kindly set him free once again. My son was 39 years old at the time of his passing and he was deeply loved. Please keep him traveling.

She just knew she had to help to continue his journey and returned it to the Gulf of Mexico

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The second bit of the letter was from Brian’s daughter:
“Hi, my name is Peyton. I am Brian’s daughter. When my father passed, I was 14-years-old,” the message read. “It has struck our whole family pretty hard and, so far, it has been a very hard road. But, like my granny said, he loved to be free. So, that’s exactly what we are doing.”

The Internet wished him farewell as well