Sometimes, the unthinkable happens. People you thought were unshakeable in their positions stop being there, the constants in your life evaporate into variables, and you're left with a void that will remain unfulfilled.
Tragic as it may be, sometimes the bursting of a bubble only symbolises the fact that time has passed. Time brings understanding, and while the shock of the burst is hard to come to terms with, it eventually does happen. The fact that our heroes, the constants to our being, were not unshakeable gives us the valuable lesson in coping. Different people cope with loss in different ways, and because it's not a thing we can learn from a mentor, it needs to be addressed instead of put off. Facing tragedies head on is sometimes the best favour we can do ourselves.
With the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's hospitalisation and Arsène Wenger's resignation coming in adjacent weeks, many of us have seen our childhood heroes succumb to the realities of the world. I wish Sir Alex the speediest of recoveries and Arsène a happy post-Arsenal life. As for us fans, we'll be best left coping with our own losses.
– Azmin Azran, Sub-editor, SHOUT